Lia Chang Photos: Backstage and Opening Night of Signature’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s ‘Kung Fu’
The cast of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu at their opening night curtain call on the Irene Diamond Stage at Signature Theatre Company’s Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on February 24, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang
The world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu, directed by Leigh Silverman and featuring choreography by Sonya Tayeh, opened on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). The production began previews on February 4, and has been extended through March 30, 2014. I had an all-access pass to the opening night festivities.
Kung Fu playwright David Henry Hwang, director Leigh Silverman and choreographer Sonya Tayeh. Photo by Lia Chang
Leigh Silverman, James Houghton, David Henry Hwang and Beth Whitaker at the opening night party of Kung Fu at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on February 24, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
Leigh Silverman. Photo by Lia Chang
Kung Fu choreographer Sonya Tayeh. Photo by Lia Chang
Sonya Tayeh. Photo by Lia Chang
‘s opening night began backstage at 5:15pm, where cultural consultants Joanna C. Lee and her husband, Ken Smith, had arranged a roast suckling pig, duck, chicken, clementines and incense for good luck.
In the dressing room with cast members Cole Horibe and Peter Kim, and assistant director Alan Muraoka. Photo by Lia Chang
Peking Opera Headdresses designed by Anita Yavitch. Photo by Lia Chang
Cultural consultants Ken Smith and Joanna C. Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Joanna C. Lee, David Henry Hwang and Ken Smith. Photo by Lia Chang
Bradley Fong and the good luck pig head. Photo by Lia Chang
Good Luck Pig Ceremony. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright David Henry Hwang thanks and congratulations the cast, crew and creative team backstage on opening night. Photo by Lia Chang
Jim Houghton and David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
Signature Theatre Founding Artistic Director Jim Houghton is the first to sample the roast pig. Photo by Lia Chang
The Kung Fu
company was honored to meet Bruce Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Cadwell,their daughter Shannon Lee and their granddaughter, Wren Lee.
Bruce Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, David Henry Hwang and Bruce’s daughter, Shannon Lee at the opening night party of ‘Kung Fu’ at Signature Theatre in New York on Februrary 24, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang
Two Linda Lees- Bruce Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Cadwell meets the actress who plays her in Kung Fu, Phoebe Strole. Photo by Lia Chang
Phoebe Strole, Cole Horibe, Linda Lee Cadwell, Wren Lee and Shannon Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Oskar Eustis, Sutton Foster, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michi Barall and her husband playwright Charles Mee, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Regina Taylor, Sheldon Best, Matthew Rauch, Matthew Maher, May Adrales, Patricia McGregor, January LaVoy were among the opening night guests.
Cole Horibe (“So You Think You Can Dance”) makes his New York stage debut as Bruce Lee in David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu, opposite Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening
, “Glee”) as Lee’s wife Linda, and Francis Jue (M. Butterfly
, Thoroughly Modern Millie
) as his father, Lee Hoi-Chuen, a Hong Kong Cantonese opera singer and film actor.
Photo by Lia Chang
Phoebe Strole and Cole Horibe. Photo by Lia Chang
Cole Horibe. Photo by Lia Chang
Cole Horibe and his mother Wanda Whang Horibe. Photo by Lia Chang
Cole Horibe and Sonya Tayeh. Photo by Lia Chang
Phoebe Strole. Photo by Lia Chang
Phoebe Strole. Photo by Lia Chang
Ryan Jones and Phoebe Strole. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast also features Jon Rua (Hands on a Hard Body
, In the Heights
), Emmanuel Brown (Spiderman Turn Off the Dark
), Clifton Duncan (Good Person of Szechwan
), Bradley Fong (Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon
), Peter Kim (Thoroughly Modern Millie
), Ari Loeb (Spiderman Turn Off the Dark
), Reed Luplau, Kristen Faith Oei (Spiderman Turn Off the Dark
) and Christopher Vo.
The cast and creative team of David Henry Hwang’s KUNG FU celebrate at their opening night party at Signature Theatre Company’s Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on February 24, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang
An exhilarating portrait of international icon Bruce Lee’s journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend, Kung Fu blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a bold new theatrical form. This World Premiere production follows Lee in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father, and a man.
Francis Jue and Peter Kim. Photo by Lia Chang
Emmanuel Brown, Christopher Vo, Reed Luplau and Ari Loeb. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang, Christopher Vo, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Bradley Fong and Alan Muraoka. Photo by Lia Chang
Cole Horibe, Jon Rua, David Henry Hwang, Christopher Vo, Phoebe Strole, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Bradley Fong and Alan Muraoka. Photo by Lia Chang
Jon Rua and Jesse Baker. Photo by Lia Chang
Bradley Fong and Clifton Duncan. Photo by Lia Chang
Composer Du Yun and Emmanuel Brown. Photo by Lia Chang
Alan Muraoka and Francis Jue. Photo by Lia Chang
Cole Horibe and Sonya Tayeh. Photo by Lia Chang
Kristen Faith Oei. Photo by Lia Chang
The creative team also includes Jaime Guan (Chinese Opera Movement Specialist), David Zinn (Scenic Design), Anita Yavich (Costume Design), Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Darrel Maloney (Projection Design), Du Yun (Composer), Deborah Hecht (Vocal and Dialect Coach), and Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith (Cultural Consultants). Alan Muraoka is the Assistant Director and David H. Lurie is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Telsey + Company.
The Hwangs: David Henry Hwang with his son Noah, his daughter Eva and his wife Kathryn Layng-Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang and his sister Grace Elizabeth Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, David Henry Hwang and Kathryn Layng-Hwang. Photo by Joanna C. Lee
to purchase tickets. Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature Productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $25, part of the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable and accessible tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation. Additional support provided by Founding Sponsor Time Warner Inc., Margot Adams, the Ford Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Signature Theatre Company Bookstore is currently stocking Bruce Lee themed merchandise including Bruce Lee DVD sets, Bruce Lee Dolls and Bruce Lee/Kung Fu themed T-shirts. Photo by Lia Chang
Click here for David Henry Hwang’s youoffendmeyouoffendmyfamily.com blog posts, and below for EW.com‘s exclusive video footage.
EW.com: Kung Fu dancers get a kick in rehearsal from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ choreographer Sonya Tayeh — VIDEO
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