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David Henry Hwang

Biography

American playwright and screenwriter who became known for his Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play M. Butterfly. He received a bachelor’s level in British from Stanford University or college. The film that was centered off his perform, M. Butterfly, was aimed by David Cronenberg and starred Jeremy Irons. He offers two children along with his wife, Kathryn Layng. He collaborated with Philip Cup within the multi-media event Icarus at the Advantage of Time.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth August 11, 1957
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Profession Playwright
Education Stanford University, Yale School of Drama
Nationality American
Spouse Kathryn Layng, Ophelia Chong
Parents Dorothy Hwang, Henry Yuan Hwang
Awards Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Obie Award for Best New American Play, Obie Award for Playwriting, Outer Critics Circle Award for John Gassner Playwriting Award, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Play
Nominations Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play
Movies White Frog, Possession, The Monkey King, Golden Gate, M. Butterfly, Bondage, Yellow Face, Sound of a Voice
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1According to the AFI's "Private Screenings," "Apocalypse Now" is his favorite film.
2His play, "Chinglish", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for the 2011 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Production of a Play (Large).
3His play, "Chinglish", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was awarded the 2011 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work of a Play.
4Nominated for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "M. Butterfly" and for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Yellow Face".
5Won Broadway's 1988 Tony Award as author of Best Play winner "M. Butterfly." He was also nominated two other times: in 1998 as author of Best Play nominee "Golden Child," and in 2003 as Best Book (Musical) for a revival and revision of "Flower Drum Song."


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Last Vow2016Short
The AffairTV Series 1 episode, 2016 written by - 2 episodes, 2015
Work/Life2016Short
PSA2016Short
Bondage2015based on play
Yellow Face2013original story
Icarus at the Edge of Time2010Short adaptation
Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland2007TV Movie libretto
Sound of a Voice2003Short play "The Sound of a Voice"
Possession2002screenplay
The Lost Empire2001TV Mini-Series written by - 2 episodes
Golden Gate1993written by
M. Butterfly1993play / screenplay
Alive from Off Center1991TV Series writer - 1 episode
Forbidden Nights1990TV Movie story - as David Hwang
Blind Alleys1985TV Movie as David Hwang
Joseph Papp Presents: The Dance and the Railroad1982TV Movie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Affair2015TV Series consulting producer - 10 episodes
Yellow Face2013producer
White Frog2012executive producer
The Lost Empire2001TV Mini-Series co-producer - 2 episodes
M. Butterfly1993executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
White Frog2012script advisor
DirecTV Movie Showcase2000TV Series creative director - as David Hwang, 2000
Picture Bride1994script advisor

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
White Frog2012Pastor

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Working in the Theatre1996-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Invitation to World Literature2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Joe Papp in Five Acts2010DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Long Story Short2008Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Chinese2007DocumentaryHimself
A Classic Evolves: From Print to Stage to Screen2006Video documentary shortHimself
An All-Access Pass to the Sets and Costumes of 'Flower Drum Song'2006Video documentary shortHimself
Faces of the East: Casting Flower Drum Song2006Video documentary shortHimself
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Asian Pride Porn2000ShortHimself
Literary Visions1992TV Series documentaryHimself
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Play

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#Quote
1The film world is very different now than it was 10 or 20 years ago. Big studios rarely invest nowadays in "artistic" pictures, which are likely to be made from plays. So a play will probably become an indie movie, which is more like doing an Off-Broadway show -- less money, but more artistic control. I'll see how my process with "Chinglish" works out before offering any advice.
2[on his screen play for 'Chinglish'] There are just so many fundamental misunderstandings about our two cultures. About ideas that Americans tend to think of as intrinsic, like the role of love in long-term marriages. We don't have a term in English for 'qingyi' [a notably long marital partnership]. 'Love' is a clumsy word the way we use it. It can mean anything from altruistic love to brotherly love to lust.


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