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Chinglish

Chinglish
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: David Henry Hwang
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 110
Pub. Date: 2013
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822225956
ISBN-13: 9780822225959
Cast Size: 3 female, 4 male (doubling)

About the Play:

Chinglish is a full-length comedy by David Henry Hwang. Daniel Cavanaugh, a Midwestern American businessman looking to score a lucrative contact for his family's sign-making firm, travels to the provincial Chinese capital of Guiyang, only to learn how much he doesn't understand: his translators are unreliable, his British-born consultant may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xi Yan, a beautiful, seemingly supportive government official.

Springing from the author's personal experiences in China,
Chinglish is about a Midwestern American 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.

Chinglish is a hilarious comedy that follows the adventures of Daniel, an American business-everyman from the Midwest, who hopes to establish his family's sign-making business in China, only to learn what is lost and found in translation. Named for the unique and often comical third language that evolves from attempts to translate Chinese signs into English, Chinglish explores the challenges of doing business in a country whose language — and underlying cultural assumptions — can be worlds apart from those of the West.

Chinglish premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre before moving to Broadway, where it received a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding New Play. In 2011, it was named Best New American Play by TIME magazine.

Cast: 3 female, 4 male (doubling)

What people say:

"Fresh, energetic and unlike anything else. Chinglish is a thoughtful, funny and poignant piece in which, miraculously, nothing gets lost in translation." — Associated Press

"A witty study in modern-day miscommunication, that erupts into explosive laughter." — New Jersey Newsroom

"One of the year's ten best." — Time Magazine

"A triumph in any language. Chinglish is sexy, fun and hilarious." — New York Magazine

"In Hwang's hilarious Chinglish, the Chinese lion roars, American business trembles. Surely Hwang's best work since M. Butterfly. One of the best plays of 2011." — Chicago Tribune

"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." — The New York Times

About the Playwright:

David Henry Hwang is a Chinese American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter, described by The New York Times as "a true original" and by TIME magazine as "the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller." Throughout his career, he has explored the complexities of forging Eastern and Western cultures in a contemporary America. His extraordinary body of work, over the past 30 years, has been marked by a deep desire to reaffirm the common humanity in all of us. He is best known as the author of M. Butterfly, which won the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, John Gassner, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and was also a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize. In 2012, he won the $200,000 US Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the richest theatre prize in the U.S.

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