On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Columbia University School of the Arts, Columbia Department Latin American and Iberian Cultures, and Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures are co-sponsoring a celebration of the importance of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER as a cultural and theatrical event.
Scholars of theater history, gender and sexuality studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, and race and performance studies will offer commentary on the play, followed by comments from David Henry Hwang and audience Q&A. The panel discussion with David Henry Hwang, Jean Howard, Denise Cruz, and Ana Paulina Lee will take place at Columbia University, 403 Kent Hall at 4:00 pm.
David Henry Hwang is a Tony Award winning playwright, and Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. David Henry Hwang’s stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, and the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also America’s most-produced living American opera librettist (two Grammy Awards), and co-wrote the Gold Record Solo with the late pop icon Prince. Since 2015, he has been a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair”. Hwang serves as Chair of the American Theatre Wing. His newest work, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori, received its New York premiere this fall at the Public Theater.
Jean Howard is the George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
Denise Cruz is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and a scholar of gender and sexuality in national and transnational cultures.
Ana Paulina Lee is an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, and a scholar of race and performance in the hemispheric Americas.