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Lia Chang Photos: Partying with the Cast of David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child; Extended Run Ends December 16, 2012

The cast of David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child at their opening night curtain call in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child at their opening night curtain call in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

Signature Theatre’s revival of Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child, directed by Leigh Silverman, currently playing in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York, ends its extended run on Sunday, December 16, 2012.

Director Leigh Silverman and David Henry Hwang  after the opening night performance of Golden Child at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012.  Photo by Lia Chang

Director Leigh Silverman and David Henry Hwang after the opening night performance of Golden Child at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

Inspired by his own family history, David Henry Hwang’s 1997 Obie Award-winning and 1998 Tony nominated Golden Child explores the often-painful process through which change comes to people and cultures.

Golden Child, the first show in Signature Theatre’s Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series began previews on October 23 and opened on November 13. This production will be followed by a new production of his play The Dance and the Railroad, directed by May Adrales, and the new play KUNG FU, directed by Leigh Silverman.

Golden Child opening night with Matthew Maher, director Leigh Silverman, Julyana Soelistyo, playwright David Henry Hwang, Lesley Hu, Greg Watanabe, Annie Q. and Jennifer Lim at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012.  Photo by Lia Chang

Golden Child opening night with Matthew Maher, director Leigh Silverman, Julyana Soelistyo, playwright David Henry Hwang, Lesley Hu, Greg Watanabe, Annie Q. and Jennifer Lim at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

Jennifer Lim and Julyana Soelistyo after the opening night performance of  Golden Child at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012.  Photo by Lia Chang

Jennifer Lim and Julyana Soelistyo after the opening night performance of Golden Child at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

Greg Watanabe (MyNetworkTV’s “Watch Over Me,” The Ballad of Yachiyo, Extraordinary Chambers) leads the cast as Eng Tieng Bin, a Chinese businessman, who after three years working abroad, returns home and sets off a dangerous power struggle in his polygamous Chinese household. Julyana Soelistyo, who received a Tony award nomination for her magical turn as Eng Ahn and the daughter in the original Broadway cast of Golden Child, plays first wife Eng Siu-Young, Jennifer Lim of Broadway’s Chinglish plays second wife Eng Luan, and Lesley Hu makes her off-Broadway debut as third wife Eng Eling. Also featured in the cast are Annie Q (”Are We There Yet?”) as Eng Ahn / daughter, Matthew Maher (CSC’s The School for Lies) as Reverend Baines, Tina Chilip (Leviathan Lab’s Twelfth Night) as Servant / Ghost, Nadia Gan (Mirror Rep’s The Shanghai Gesture) as Servant / Ghost.

Golden Child castmembers Lesley Hu, Greg Watanabe, Julyana Soelistyo, Annie Q. and Jennifer Lim after their opening night performance at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012.  Photo by Lia Chang

Golden Child castmembers Lesley Hu, Greg Watanabe, Julyana Soelistyo, Annie Q. and Jennifer Lim after their opening night performance at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

Founding artistic director James Houghton and playwright David Henry Hwang celebrate after the opening night performance of Golden Child at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012.  Photo by Lia Chang

Founding artistic director James Houghton and playwright David Henry Hwang celebrate after the opening night performance of Golden Child at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

This year, David Henry Hwang was awarded the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award which comes with a $200,000 prize. Hwang’s plays include Bondage, Chinglish (2012 Drama Desk Award nomination), The Dance and the Railroad (1982 Drama Desk Award nomination), Family Devotions (1982 Drama Desk Award nomination), FOB (1981 Obie Award), Golden Child (1997 Obie Award, 1998 Tony Award nomination), M. Butterfly (1988 Tony Award, 1989 Pulitzer Prize finalist), and Yellow Face (2008 Obie Award, 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist). He also wrote the libretti for three Broadway musicals: Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Disney’s Tarzan, and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song (revival, 2002 Tony Award nomination). In opera, his libretti include four works with composer Philip Glass – 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, Icarus at the Edge of Time, Sound and Beauty, and The Voyage – as well as Howard Shore’s The Fly, Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar (two 2007 Grammy Awards), and Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (Opernwelt 2007 World Premiere of the Year). Hwang penned the feature films Golden Gate, M. Butterfly, and Possession (co-author), and co-wrote the song “Solo” with Prince. He sits on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, and served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities by appointment of President Clinton.

Tickets are $75 during the extension week.To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions, call the Signature Theatre Box Office (212-244-7529) or visit signaturetheatre.org.

 

Lia Chang, playwright David Henry Hwang and his wife Kathryn Layng at the opening night party for Signature's revival of Golden Child at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012. Photo by Grace Hwang

Lia Chang, playwright David Henry Hwang and his wife Kathryn Layng at the opening night party for Signature’s revival of Golden Child at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on November 13, 2012. Photo by Grace Hwang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.

Articles by Lia Chang:
Signature Theatre’s Production of Golden Child by David Henry Hwang has been extended through December 16, 2012
Greg Watanabe, Julyana Soelistyo and Jennifer Lim Lead the Cast of Signature Theatre’s Production of David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child, October 23-December 2, 2012
David Henry Hwang to Receive the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award at the 5th Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards on October 29, 2012
Berkeley Rep’s Production Photos of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, Starring Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge, Extends through October 21, 2012
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Oskar Eustis, BD Wong, Brian d’Arcy James, Francis Jue, Jennifer Lim and Leigh Silverman at WNYC’s The Greene Space
Click here for other articles on David Henry Hwang.
Photos: Opening Night with Hold These Truths’ Playwright Jeanne Sakata and Star Joel de la Fuente, a Revelation as Gordon Hirabayashi; Performances Extended through November 25, 2012
Harlem Nights with Lorey Hayes, Actress, Director and Award-Winning Playwright of Power Play and Massinissa
Playing Lady Thiang in the Harbor Lights’ Production of The King and I is a dream come true for Christine Toy Johnson
Photos: Q & A with Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, The King in Harbor Lights’ Production of The King and I
Mu Performing Arts’ Artistic Director Rick Shiomi takes home Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement
Signature Theatre’s World Premiere of Sam Shepard’s Heartless Starring Lois Smith, Gary Cole, Jenny Bacon, Betty Gilpin, and Julianne Nicholson Extends through September 30, 2012
Raul Aranas, Kate Baldwin, Brian d’Arcy James, P.J. Griffith, Bobby Steggert and Michele Pawk Set for New York Premiere of GIANT at The Public Theater, October 26-December 2, 2012
Photos: All-Access Pass to Disney’s Aladdin at The Muny with Thom Sesma, Francis Jue, Robin De Jesus, John Tartaglia, Jason Graae, Curtis Holbrook, Eddie Korbich, Samantha Massell and Ken Page
Performing Arts Images from the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection on Display at the Library of Congress to Celebrate APA Heritage Month
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.
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