Tony Award Winning author of M. BUTTERFLY to share his artistry with students and public

October 1, 2014

Bloomington, Ind –  In advance of IU Theatre’s production of M. Butterfly, David_Henry_Hwang_in_NY_Photo_Credit_Lia_Changglobally renowned playwright David Henry Hwang will visit the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance for two days of rehearsals, master classes, and a rare public talk on his life in theater.

The talk will be on October 16th, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre, and will be followed by an open Q&A session. This event is completely free of charge and open to the public.

But the focus of Hwang’s stay in Bloomington will be interacting with graduate and undergraduate theater students, eager to learn more about his process and craft. In a total of four-hours of master classes, acting, directing, and playwriting students will engage Hwang with detailed questions on everything from playwriting technique, to creating a life in theater.

M. Butterfly – which opens October 24th in the Wells-Metz Theatre – premiered on Broadway in 1988, captivating audiences around the world. The play was inspired by a real life headline-grabbing espionage case, in which a French diplomat was seduced by a beautiful Chinese opera star. With this lens, Hwang created a daring piece of theater, which still challenges western notions of gender identity and colonialism to this day.

Hwang’s other works include plays, musicals, opera librettos, and screenplays. He has received multiple Obie and Tony Awards over the years. Chinglish – which opened at the Goodman Theatre in 2011 – won the Jefferson Award in the category “New Work – Play”, and was named the Best New American Play of that year by TIME Magazine.

WHAT: World-renowned playwright David Henry Hwang discusses his life and work with the public, followed by an open Q&A
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.
TICKETS: Free of Charge.

For more information, contact Amy Osajima, Director of Marketing and Communications


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