Soft Power: The Inspiration Behind David Henry Hwang's New Play

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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USC Wallis Annberg Hall, Forum

Tony Award® winner David Henry Hwang (Yellow Face, M. Butterfly) joins CPD and Center Theatre Group to discuss the inspiration behind his upcoming World premiere of Soft Power, which begins at the Ahmanson Theatre May 3, 2018. Inspired by the West’s often ridiculously inauthentic portrayals of Asia, this contemporary comedy explodes into a futuristic Chinese musical. Soft Power tells the story of a sensible foreigner who helps a good-hearted but backward leader to understand, and eventually, to accept—that the old ways are dying, and a new future has arrived.

Discover how Hwang collaborated with Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home) to translate China’s interests in achieving soft power into a new piece of theatre for Los Angeles audiences.

Co-sponsored by Center Theatre Group.

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus






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