Learn How to Speak Chinglish With Playwright David Henry Hwang (Video)

PlayBlog   Learn How to Speak Chinglish With Playwright David Henry Hwang (Video)
David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, which had its world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre earlier this summer, begins performances in New York City Oct. 11, prior to an official opening Oct. 27, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre.

Directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman, the cast of Chinglish includes original cast members Jennifer Lim, Stephen Pucci, Larry Lei Zhang, Christine Lin, Angela Lin and Johnny Wu. Gary Wilmes is new to the production, playing Midwestern American businessman Dan.

According to the producers, "Chinglish is about an American businessman arrives in a bustling Chinese province looking to score a lucrative contact for his family's sign-making firm. He soon finds that the complexities of such a venture far outstrip the expected differences in language, customs and manners — and calls into questions even the most basic assumptions of human conduct."

Here, Hwang talks about the fusing of cultures and languages in Chinglish. Also, in celebration of the play's New York arrival, the creative team journeyed to Times Square to ask New Yorkers about fusing Mandarin and English.

To check out Hwang's explanation of Chinglish, look below:

To learn some Chinglish sayings, look below:

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