Reston Community Center


2013-2014 Professional Touring Artist Series

David Henry Hwang
Lost (and Found) In Translation: How I Learned to Write What I Don't Know

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Photo by Lia Chang

Sunday, November 10, 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 (R), $30 (NR)

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"...the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller. And maybe the best of them all. "

—Time Magazine

Playwright, Screenwriter, and Librettist David Henry Hwang discusses his works, sharing his writing process and explaining how the artist creates art, but that also art recreates the artist.

Hwang, a first-generation Chinese American, is best known for his 1988 Tony Award-winning play M. Butterfly, based on the true story of a French diplomat's 20-year affair with a male spy masquerading as a female Chinese opera singer. He recently wrote the bilingual, critically-acclaimed comedy Chinglish, a play inspired by Hwang's encounter with a handicap restroom sign in China mistakenly translated as "Deformed Man's Toilet," which narrates an American businessman's attempts to navigate Chinese society. He's currently at work on Kung Fu, a "dancical" about martial artist Bruce Lee that will marry the aesthetics of kung fu with Mandarin pop music, set to debut at New York City's Signature Theatre Company in February 2014.

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