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Episode 133: David Henry Hwang

hwang  It rankles when non-Asian actors are cast as Asians, yet you needn’t be Scottish to play Macbeth. How to reconcile these two ideas? David Henry Hwang takes up the question with wit, warmth and insight. Perhaps best known for his play M Butterfly, he co-wrote the musical Aida and is a staff writer on the TV series The Affair. We talk about casting, culture and his days in the jazz-fusion band Pastel – ah, the seventies! – in this episode recorded at the Museum of Chinese in America with music from Jack Hsu.

(photo by Devin Knight)
  • hwang person PERSON: Joe Papp
  • hwang place PLACE: East West Players
  • hwang thing THING: an electric violin
  • randy thing RANDY’S THING: Victoria Magazine

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