4 men, 3 women (doubling): 7 total
CHINGLISH is a hilarious comedy about the challenges of doing business in a country whose language—and underlying cultural assumptions—can be worlds apart from those of the West. The play tells 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.
"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." —NY 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.
About the Author
Throughout his career, playwright DAVID HENRY HWANG 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. The play enjoyed a one-year run on London's West End and has been produced in over four dozen countries to date. His play "Golden Child" premiered Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, received a 1997 Obie Award for playwriting and subsequently moved to Broadway, where it received three 1998 Tony Nominations, including Best New Play. His play, "Yellow Face," which premiered at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum and New York's Public Theater, won a 2008 Obie Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Language: English and Chinese