Tune in for the world premiere virtual screening of David Henry Hwang's short film Trying to Find Chinatown directed by Jeff Liu, an adaptation of Hwang's play of the same title. Followed by a discussion with writer and director, moderated by Dr. Esther Kim Lee (Professor of Theater Studies at Duke University.
About the Film
Adapted from the play Trying to Find Chinatown, this short film directed by Jeff Liu is an exploration of racial identity and appearance, revolves around the interaction between an Asian street musician and a Caucasian man who claims Asian American heritage.
About the Artists
DAVID HENRY HWANG
David Henry Hwang's stage work includes the plays M. Butterfly
, Yellow Face
, Golden Child
, The Dance and the Railroad
, and FOB
, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida
, Flower Drum Song
(2002 Revival), and Disney's Tarzan
. From 2012 - 2014, he was a Spotlight Playwright at Signature Theatre, which premiered his play Kung Fu
Called America's most-produced living opera librettist by Opera News, he has written thirteen libretti, including five with composer Philip Glass. Hwang also co-wrote the Gold Record "Solo" with the late pop music icon Prince. His screenplays include M. Butterfly
and he is penning the live-action feature musical remake of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame
as well as an Anna May Wong biopic to star actress Gemma Chan. For television, he was a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair
, and is currently creating two television series, Billion Dollar Whale
for Westward/SKG and another for Netflix.
Hwang sits on the board of the American Theatre Wing, where he has served as Chair, and on the Council of the Dramatists Guild. He is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a Grammy Award winner and two-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a three-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Recent honors include his 2022 induction onto the Lucille Lortel Playwrights Sidewalk, his 2021 election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and his 2018 induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame. His most recent musical, Soft Power
, written with composer Jeanine Tesori, premiered in New York at the Public Theater, where it received four Outer Critics Honors, a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album, and was a Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize.
Jeff Liu is a writer and director for film, theater, and web, currently a Resident Dramaturge for the Ojai Playwrights Conference. His theatrical productions include the LA premiere of Chinglish
by David Henry Hwang (which became the highest-grossing play in the 50-year history of East West Players), as well as the world premieres of The Brothers Paranormal
by Prince Gomolvilas, Two Mile Hollow
by Leah Nanako Winkler, Mexican Day
and The Chinese Massacre
(Annotated) by Tom Jacobson, Texas
and Solve For X
by Judy Soo Hoo, Murderobilia
and Terminus Americana
(Ovation Award nominee for Best World Premiere) by Matt Pelfrey, and The Golden Hour
and Grace Kim
and The Spiders From Mars
by Philip W. Chung. He also adapted and directed the Pulitzer nominated play Yellow Face
by David Henry Hwang for the YOMYOMF Network on YouTube, where it is still available to watch for free.
DR. ESTHER KIM LEE
Dr. Esther Kim Lee is Professor in the Department of Theater Studies, the International Comparative Studies, and the Director of Asian American & Diaspora Studies at Duke University. She teaches and writes about theatre history, Asian American theatre, Korean diaspora theatre, and globalization and theatre. Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. in Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature at The Ohio State University in 2000 and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2000 - 2012 and at the University of Maryland from 2013 - 2018.
Dr. Lee is the author of A History of Asian American Theatre
, which received the 2007 Award for Outstanding Book given by Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and The Theatre of David Henry Hwang
. She is the editor of Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas
. From 2013 - 2014, she was the Chief Editor of Theatre Surve
y, the flagship journal of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), and served as ASTR's Vice President for Publications from 2017 to 2019. Her book, Made-Up Asians: Yellowface During the Exclusion Era
is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press in Summer 2022. She has also just published with Bloomsbury a four-volume collection, Modern and Contemporary World Drama: Critical and Primary Sources
, which challenges the prevailing Eurocentric reading of modern drama.
The YOMYOMF Network presents Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang:
Click to view Part One
Click to view Part Two