David Henry Hwang was on the Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his play, "The Dance and the Railroad," at the Signature Theatre Company. He also told us what he's a fan of -- teen pop music, anyone? Find out what else he likes.
David Henry Hwang talks about “The Dance and the Railroad,” presented by Signature Theatre Company. On a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad, two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. “The Dance and the Railroad” follows the twice-extended “Golden Child” as the second production in the Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series. It’s playing at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
Perhaps this has happened to you before. You’ve said something that someone misunderstood — with or without a translator. Due to culture, language, or even gender, a statement like "I appreciate your frankness" comes across as "I enjoy your rudeness." The new play, "Chinglish" pays tribute to, and pokes fun at, these moments when something gets lost in translation. The play is in both Mandarin and English. And because the show has subtitles similar to those at the opera, the audience is fully in on all the jokes, even when the mono-lingual characters are not.