[INTERVIEW] David Henry Hwang: Honesty and Identity
- David Henry Hwang: Honesty and Identity
Morning Edition, December 14, 2004 · David Henry Hwang is the author
of several award-winning plays, from 1980's FOB (or "Fresh Off the
Boat") to M. Butterfly.
Scenes Chosen by Hwang
James Cromwell and Al Pacino in 'Angels in America'
Hwang reads from 'Golden Child'
For our series Scenes I Wish I'd Written, Hwang discusses an exchange
from Tony Kushner's play Angels in America. The play -- subtitled A
Gay Fantasia on National Themes -- mesmerized audiences on Broadway
in the early 1990s, and later on HBO.
The Los Angeles-born Hwang, who won a Tony for his 1988 M. Butterfly,
says Tony Kushner's Angels in America stunned him. "It's funny,
political, humanistic," Hwang tells NPR's Susan Stamberg. "I was
knocked out by it."
Asked to choose a landmark scene from his own work, Hwang refers to
his Golden Child. First performed in 1996, Hwang says the piece
sprang from his own family's early experiences in the United States.