Chinglish

ISBN-10: 1559364106
ISBN-13: 9781559364102
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

"Marvelous . . . the conceit is elegantly of a piece, yet Hwang is able to keep turning it in on itself to reveal new ambiguities, absurdities, subversions and paradoxes."—Chicago Reader"Hwang's plays collectively chart the evolving definition of what it is to be an 'American.' . . . His art has illuminated and anticipated our ongoing national story with a sensibility unlike any other in the American theater."—Frank RichSpringing from the author's personal experiences in China over the past five years,Chinglishfollows a Midwestern American businessman desperately seeking to score a lucrative contact for his family's firm as he travels to China only to discover how much he doesn't understand. Named for the unique and often comical third language that evolves from attempts to translate Chinese signs into English,Chinglishexplores the challenges of doing business in a culture whose language—and ways of communicating—are worlds apart from our own. David Henry Hwang's "best new work sinceM. Butterfly, this shrewd, timely and razor-sharp comedy" (Chicago Tribune) received its Broadway premiere in fall 2011.David Henry Hwangis the author of the Tony Award–winningM. Butterfly, the Pulitzer Prize–finalistYellow Face,Golden Child,FOB,Family Devotions, and the books for musicalsAida(as co-author),Flower Drum Song(2002 Broadway revival), andTarzan, among other works.

The son of immigrant Chinese parents, Hwang attended Stanford University and the Yale Drama School and has been a director and a teacher of playwriting. FOB (1981), which stands for "Fresh off the boat,"' explores the conflicts between two Chinese Americans and a Chinese exchange student still steeped in the customs and beliefs of the old world. It won an Obie Award in 1981. The Dance and the Railroad (1982) concerns an artist and his fellow workers who stage a strike to protest the inhuman conditions suffered by Chinese railroad workers in the American West in the nineteenth century. M Butterfly (1988), about the relationship between an American man and a Chinese transvestite, won the Tony Award as best play of the year. Maxine Hong Kingston wrote, "David Hwang has an ear for Chinatown English, the language of childhood and the subconscious, the language of emotion, the language of home."

Frank Rich served from 1980 to 1993 as the chief drama critic for The New York Times and since 1994 has been an op-ed columnist at the paper. He lives in New York City with his wife, the writer Alex Witchel.

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