South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA
During a taxi ride from JFK airport to his home in Manhattan, Andrew, a young Chinese-American, is visited by the ghost of his feisty old grandmother, Ama, reminding him of the stories she used to tell him about her childhood in China in the early days of the century. Andrew proceeds to tell us the funny, absorbing story of his great-grandfather's family, which included three wives and a cherished daughter, Ahn, who is Andrew's grandmother in her youth. The girl, having been told that she is a "golden child," touched by fortune, sees her life change profoundly when her father returns from his travels with a British Christian missionary in tow. The missionary's arrival sparks a power struggle among the three wives, as well as a conflict between Western and Chinese ways and traditions, with Ahn becoming a pawn in the heart-rending and tragic family battle.
David Henry Hwang won the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and John Gassner awards, and the 1991 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for his Broadway debut, M. Butterfly, which has since been produced in some three dozen countries around the world. He is the author of FOB (1981 Obie Award, Best New Play), The Dance and the Railroad (Drama Desk nomination, Guernsey's Best Plays of 1981-82), Family Devotions (Drama Desk nomination), The House of Sleeping Beauties, and The Sound of a Voice, all of which were produced at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Rich Relations premiered in 1986 at the Second Stage. His one-act play Bondage premiered in 1992 at the Humana Theatre Festival. He wrote the libretto for Philip Glass' opera The Voyage, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House (October 1992). He previously collaborated with Glass and designer Jerome Sirlin on 1000 Airplanes on the Roof. His new play, Trying to Find Chinatown, will be produced in March at the Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of its Humana Festival. Hwang wrote the screenplays for M. Butterfly, starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone, and Golden Gate, starring Matt Dillon and Joan Chen, both of which were released in 1993. Born in Los Angeles in 1957, he attended Stanford and the Yale School of Drama.