Emerging Playwrights Program Launches

December 03, 2012

Noted Playwright David Henry HwangDavid Henry Hwang, an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter who has risen to prominence as the preeminent Asian American dramatist in the U.S., and is the President of the Board of Young Playwrights, Inc., was in Boston on December 8, 2012 at Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT) to launch the Emerging Playwrights Program for Boston Public Schools (BPS).

Expanding on the Wheelock tradition of providing community service through the arts, WFT producer, Wendy Lement, in September 2012, convened an Advisory Board of playwrights, educators, and school administrators to create a program for BPS students with an aptitude for writing that would develop literary skills, creative expression, analytical thinking, self-esteem, and self-reflection through dramatic writing and staged readings.

On Saturday December 8 at 1:00 pm, acclaimed WGBH arts reporter, Jared Bowen, hosted a live, onstage interview with DAVID HENRY HWANG to launch the Emerging Playwrights Program at WFT.

David Henry Hwang is best known as the author of M. Butterfly, which won the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, John Gassner, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and was also a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize. His play Golden Child premiered Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, received a 1997 Obie Award for playwriting and subsequently moved to Broadway, where it received three 1998 Tony Nominations, including Best New Play. His play, Yellow Face, which premiered at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum and New York's Public Theater, won a 2008 Obie Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Hwang is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Steinberg Award for playwriting and most recent play Chinglish, a comedy about an American businessman in China, is currently being produced by the Lyric Stage of Boston and is directed by WFT alum; Larry Coen.

Wheelock Family Theatre is a professional, nonprofit theatre associated with Actor's Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Located on the campus of Wheelock College, WFT seeks to improve the lives of children and families through the shared experience of live theatre. Rooted in the principles of early education and child development, with a mission to create a professional, community based theatre, WFT has been recognized as a leader in colorful casting policies, affordable ticket prices, accessibility and arts advocacy, and an important pillar in Boston's creative economy. WFT has been producing children's stories, family musicals, adult dramas, and original works, including Bel Canto by Daniel Alexander Jones, The Island Project by Adrian Blue, Ben's Trumpet by Tony Williams, and ReConstruction by Christine Rathbun, since 1981.

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