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David Henry Hwang BIO

David Henry Hwang is a Tony Award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1957, Hwang grew up in a Chinese American household and attended Stanford University where he earned a degree in English.
Hwang's breakthrough came in 1988 with his play "M. Butterfly," which won the Tony Award for Best Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The play is based on the true story of a French diplomat who carried on a 20-year affair with a Chinese opera singer, only to discover that she was actually a man. "M. Butterfly" explores themes of gender, sexuality, and cultural identity, and has been produced in numerous languages and countries around the world.
In addition to "M. Butterfly," Hwang has written a number of other critically acclaimed plays, including "Golden Child," "Chinglish," and "Yellow Face." His work often explores the complexities of Asian American identity and the intersection of different cultures.
Hwang has also had success in film and television. He wrote the screenplay for the 1993 film "Golden Gate," which starred Matt Dillon and Joan Chen, and he co-wrote the screenplay for the 1998 Disney animated film "Mulan." He has also written for television shows such as "The Affair" and "The Strain."
In addition to his work as a playwright and screenwriter, Hwang has also contributed to the world of opera. He wrote the libretto for the opera "The Silver River," which premiered in 1997, and he wrote the book for the Broadway musical "Aida," which won four Tony Awards in 2000.
Hwang's contributions to the world of theater have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. In addition to his Tony Award for "M. Butterfly," he has received three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2014.
In recent years, Hwang has continued to be a prominent voice in the theater world. In 2017, he wrote the play "Soft Power," which premiered at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. The play is a satirical look at American politics and culture, and explores the idea of soft power, or the ability to influence others through attraction and persuasion rather than coercion.
Hwang has also been an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the arts. In 2016, he was appointed as the Chair of the American Theatre Wing, the organization responsible for the Tony Awards. In this role, he has worked to promote diversity and equity in the theater industry.
Overall, David Henry Hwang is a prolific and influential figure in the world of theater, film, and television. His work has explored important themes and issues related to identity, culture, and politics, and has helped to pave the way for other Asian American artists in the industry.

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David Henry Hwang STAGE CREDITS

[West End]
Original London Production, 2002
Lord Scrumptious

[West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1992
David Bascombe

[West End]
Original London Production, 1971
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[US Tour, 2003]
Book Revisions
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Bookwriter
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Violin

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David Henry Hwang Movies

M. Butterfly
[ 1993 ] writer
Golden Gate
[ 1993 ] writer
Possession
[ 2002 ] writer
White Frog
[ 2012 ] Ptor
Yellow Face
[ 2013 ] producer

David Henry Hwang Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Book of a Musical

David Henry Hwang, Soft Power


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Book of a Musical

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding New Score

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The Pulitzer Prize - 2020 - Pulitzer Prize for Drama

David Henry Hwang, Soft Power

Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Play

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Obie Awards - 2008 - Playwriting

David Henry Hwang, Yellow Face

The Pulitzer Prize - 2008 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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The Pulitzer Prize - 2008 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

David Henry Hwang, Yellow Face

Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Book of a Musical

David Henry Hwang, Flower Drum Song

Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Play

David Henry Hwang, Golden Child


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Obie Awards - 1997 - Playwriting

David Henry Hwang, Golden Child

Helen Hayes Awards - 1989 - Outstanding New Play

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The Pulitzer Prize - 1989 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly


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Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding New Play

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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1988 - Best Play

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1988 - John Gassner Playwriting Award

David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly


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Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Play

David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly

Drama Desk Awards - 1982 - Outstanding Play

David Henry Hwang, The Dance and the Railroad

Drama Desk Awards - 1982 - Outstanding Play

David Henry Hwang, Family Devotions


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Obie Awards - 1981 - Best New American Play

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David Henry Hwang FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has David Henry Hwang been in?

David Henry Hwang has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has David Henry Hwang been in?

David Henry Hwang has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

What was David Henry Hwang's first West End show?

David Henry Hwang's first West End show was Tyger which opened in 1971

What awards has David Henry Hwang been nominated for?

David Henry Hwang has been nominated for various awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Outstanding Book of a Musical for "Soft Power" at the Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Soft Power," Outstanding Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Chinglish," Playwriting at the Obie Awards for "Yellow Face," Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Flower Drum Song," and Best Play at the Tony Awards for "Golden Child." He also received nominations for Outstanding New Play for "M. Butterfly" at the Helen Hayes Awards and Drama Desk Awards, Best Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and Tony Awards for "M. Butterfly," and the John Gassner Playwriting Award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "M. Butterfly." Additionally, he was nominated for Outstanding Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Dance and the Railroad" and "Family Devotions," and Best New American Play at the Obie Awards for "FOB."

What awards has David Henry Hwang won?

David Henry Hwang has won several awards, including Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding New Score from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Soft Power." He also won Playwriting awards from the Obie Awards for "Yellow Face" and "Golden Child." Hwang's accolades include Outstanding New Play from the Drama Desk Awards for "M Butterfly," the John Gassner Playwriting Award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "M. Butterfly," Best Play at the Tony Awards for "M. Butterfly," and Best New American Play from the Obie Awards for "FOB."

How many shows has David Henry Hwang written?

David Henry Hwang has written 17 shows including Alice in Wonderland (Libretto), FOB (Playwright), The Dance and the Railroad (Playwright), Family Devotions (Playwright), Sound and Beauty (Playwright), Rich Relations (Playwright), M. Butterfly (Playwright), Face Value (Composer), Golden Child (Playwright), Golden Child (Playwright), Aida (Bookwriter), Tarzan (Bookwriter), Yellow Face (Playwright), Yellow Face (Playwright), Chinglish (Playwright), Kung Fu (Playwright), In Your Arms (Story).

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