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David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly, which debuted on Broadway in 1988 and ran for two years, earned him Tony, Drama Desk, John Gassner, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; and, subsequently, an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award. The play also ran for a year in London's West End; and has been produced in over three dozen countries to date. Hwang also wrote the screenplay adaptation for the 1993 film version, directed by David Cronenberg.

Hwang's other plays include FOB (for which he received an Obie Award); The Dance & The Railroad (which brought him a CINE Golden Eagle Award as well as a Drama Desk Award nomination); Family Devotions (for which he received another Drama Desk Award nomination); The House of Sleeping Beauties; The Sound of a Voice; Bondage; Face Value; Trying to Find Chinatown; an adaptation of Ibsen's Peer Gynt (with director Stephan Muller); and Golden Child (which brought him a second Obie Award, as well as Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). He is currently represented on Broadway as co-author of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, which won four Tony Awards.

As librettist, his credits include writing two works for composer Philip Glass (1000 Airplanes on the Roof' and The Voyage); Dances in Exile; The Silver River; After Eros; and co-writing the song Solo" for The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.

As screenwriter, Hwang has contributed to a variety of projects. He wrote the original screenplay for Golden Gate, directed by John Madden; and the NBC miniseries The Lost Empire, directed by Peter MacDonald. Currently, he is at work on Hello, Suckers, to be directed by Scott Elliot and star Courtney Love as Texas Guinan; and an original screenplay for Michael Douglas.

He has been awarded a number of grants and honors. In 1998, the nation's oldest Asian-American theater company, East West Players, christened its new main stage The David Henry Hwang Theatre.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

David Henry Hwang Facts

BirthdayAugust 11, 1957 (65)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Long Story Short
M. Butterfly
Charlie Rose with Wendy Wasserstein, John Guare & David Henry Hwang; Caio Fonseca, Edmund White & Isabel Fonseca; Morris Lapidus
ABC News UpClose David Henry Hwang
Charlie Rose with Harry Wu, Les Gelb & James Lilley; Stockard Channing; David Henry Hwang
Hollywood Chinese
Charlie Rose
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