Goodman Theatre's CHINGLISH Coming to Broadway!

CHINGLISH, the new comedy by Tony Award-winning and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), will make its Broadway premiere in the Fall of 2011 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced, following its world premiere production at Goodman Theatre in Chicago this summer. Casting for the Broadway show will be announced soon.

"This is a very funny, very timely play," said producer Jerry Frankel. "Jeffrey Richards and I are thrilled to bring David Henry Hwang back to Broadway."

CHINGLISH is about the unpredictable complications that ensue when an American businessman, despite his self-possessed cultural ignorance, seeks to expand his market by forging a relationship with government officials in a major Chinese city. Although he has hired an Australian entrepreneur who has lived in China to assist him, he soon finds that the complexities of such a venture far outstrip the expected differences in language, customs and manners - and calls into questions even the most basic assumptions of human conduct.

"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 playwright David Henry Hwang. "CHINGLISH was born from the many visits I've made to China over the past five or six years to witness the exciting changes there. During one visit, I toured a new arts center where everything was first-rate-except for the ridiculously translated English signs. It was at that moment that I thought of writing this play."

Leigh Silverman, who directed Lisa Kron's Well on Broadway and who just won a 2011 OBIE Award for directing both Go Back To Where You Are and In The Wake, will return to direct the Broadway production.

CHINGLISH is currently running at Goodman Theatre where it began performances on June 18th, officially opened on June 27th and will run through July 24th.

The design team includes: Set Designer David Korins (Lombardi, Passing Strange), Costume Designer Anita Yavich (Anna in the Tropics) and Lighting Designer Brian MacDevitt (The Book of Mormon, Fences, Goodman: Long Day's Journey into Night).

The Broadway production will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Roy Gottlieb, Barry & Carole Kaye and David and Barbara Stoller in association with Goodman Theatre.

CHINGLISH has been developed in association with The Public Theater.


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