Chinglish Is Coming To New York
Chinglish, a new comedy by David Henry Hwang, will be on Broadway this fall following its summer 2011 debut at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
The play explores the cultural complications of an American businessman in China. Seeking to expand his market internationally, the businessman soon finds himself out of his depth in terms of language, customs and manners. The complexities of cross-cultural exchange are highlighted in the attempted economic partnership with of the American businessman with Chinese govenernment officials.
Hwang, who is a Tony Award-winning playwright and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, was inspired by the “ridiculously translated English signs” that he saw on a recent visit to China. He was intrigued by the “exciting changes” he saw in the country, and the pivotal roles the United States and China play in each other’s economies. “The U.S. and China are at a critical moment in history-each nation is deeply interested in, but knows very little about, the other,” said Hwang.
“This is a very funny, very timely play,” said producer Jerry Frankel. Chinglish will be produced by Jeffery Richards, Jerry Frankel, Roy Gottlieb, Barry and Carole Kay and David and Barbara Stoller, in association with Goodman Theatre.
Chinglish is currently onstage in Chicago, where it will run through July 24. It will be directed on Broadway by Leigh Silverman. Casting will be announced soon.