Friday, August 08, 2008

Manila, meet David Henry Hwang



His thoughts now that he's back in the Philippines after 40 years. His memories as a 10-year-old boy visiting Cebu and listening to his grandmother recount their family history. What he thinks of the Asian-American and Filipino presence on Broadway and in American theater. His playwriting process, and what a good play is for him. The dramatists he looks up to and considers his inspirations. What his play The Golden Child (opening tonight at the CCP, 8 p.m., courtesy of Tanghalang Pilipino) is about, and why he hopes Filipino theatergoers would find it relevant and resonant.

All these and more in my one-on-one video interview with THE David Henry Hwang. Watch me screw up an otherwise fine interview by buckling near the end and mentioning “The Golden PLAY” instead of The Golden Child. WTF, right? The gracious Mr. Hwang didn't burst out laughing, thank heavens, or I'd have spontaneously combusted in front of him--an ignominious end to this high point in my theatergoing life. Excuse the breathlessness, I'm still giddy.

Tanghalang Pilipino's “The Golden Child,” produced by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd on behalf of Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York, runs August 8-Sept. 7 at the CCP Little Theater. Call 8323661, 8323704 or 8919999.

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