The Lucille Lortel Theatre’s “Live at The Lortel” podcast series will feature Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang on Monday, May 10 at 7:00 PM EST. Theater fans will have the opportunity to watch the live interview and participate in a Q&A with artists. To join the audience, please visit www.liveatthelortel.com.
Hosted by Eric Ostrow, along with co-hosts Joy DeMichelle and John-Andrew Morrison, season two of “Live at The Lortel” is dedicated to amplifying the voices and stories of people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and artists who stand in solidarity with the continued fight against institutional racism and racial injustice. Theater makers will delve into their thoughts on the future of theater during this period of radical change. They will also discuss their craft, as well as their professional and personal projects that help to make theatre and the world more equitable.
David Henry Hwang is a playwright, screenwriter, television writer, and librettist, whose stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s 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, a Grammy winner and two-time nominee, and a three-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Opera News called him America’s most-produced living opera librettist, and he co-wrote the Gold Record Solo with the late pop star Prince. From 2015-2019, Hwang was a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair. His screenplays include Possession, M. Butterfly, and Golden Gate. He is currently penning the live-action musical feature adaptation of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and a feature for Working Title Films to star actress Gemma Chan.
Recent honors include his 2021 election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, his 2018 induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame, a Ford Foundation “Art of Change” Award in 2015, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, and the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist. He serves as Chair of the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tony Awards and presents the OBIE Awards. Hwang was a Residency One Playwright at Signature Theatre, which produced a season of his plays, and M. Butterfly was recently revived on Broadway in a production directed by Julie Taymor. In 2018, his opera An American Soldier, with composer Huang Ruo, premiered at Opera Theatre of St. Louis (New York Times “Best Classical Music” of 2018). His newest work, Soft Power, written with composer Jeanine Tesori, opened in 2019 at New York’s Public Theatre, where it received four Outer Critics Honors, eleven Drama Desk Nominations, a 2021 Grammy Nomination, and was a Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
Hwang serves as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University and as Co-Chair of the American Theatre Wing.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young.
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