Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 – 8:00PM
Speaker(s) Name: David Henry Hwang, Frank DiLella (Moderator)
Event Fees: Members: $10, Non-members: $20
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
This fall, visionary director Julie Taymor presents a Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play M. Butterfly, starring Clive Owen. Inspired by the true scandal that captivated the world, this is a story about an illicit affair between a French diplomat and a Chinese opera diva whose secrets lie deep beneath the surface. At this conversation between Mr. Hwang and NY1’s Frank DiLella we will delve into the story behind M. Butterfly, explore its themes, and discuss the artistic approach behind this new production.
David Henry Hwang is a Tony Award® winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award® winner, and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. In addition to M. Butterfly, his works include Chinglish, Yellow Face, Golden Child, Kung Fu, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author) and Disney’s Tarzan. He also updated the libretto for the 2002 revival of Flower Drum Song. America’s most-produced living opera librettist, Hwang premiered his new opera, Dream of the Red Chamber (co-authored with Bright Sheng), at San Francisco Opera last fall. Hwang has been honored with the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Award. He has also been a long-time board member of the Young Playwrights Inc. and the Lark Play Development Center. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwrigt at New York’s Signature Theatre, and currently serves as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. He is currently a writer/producer for the Gold Globe-winning TV series, The Affair, and was recently named Chair of the American Theatre Wing.
Frank DiLella celebrity interviews, along with his in-depth reporting of the theatrical scene for Spectrum News NY1, have helped make him a trusted friend and confidant within the theater and entertainment communities, as well as one of the most popular personalities in entertainment journalism in New York City. He joined NY1 in 2004 and now hosts “On Stage,” the news channel’s weekly half-hour theater program. In the fall of 2009, DiLella and the “On Stage” team were honored by the New York Musical Theater Festival for their weekly coverage of NYC theater. DiLella has acted as a contributing correspondent for Playbill, MANHATTAN Magazine and Broadway Direct, and has given lectures on theater and journalism at Hofstra University and The American Theatre Wing. In the spring of 2013, he launched “On Stage Across America” – the first-ever television program dedicated to Broadway, national tours and regional theater. DiLella serves on the board of The Gershwin Awards and is a part of the selection committee for the annual Clive Barnes Award and Foundation.
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