Life is imitating art when it comes to David Henry Hwang's Chinglish (which begins performances at Berkeley Rep in about two weeks!). In the play, an American businessman goes to China to score a business deal for his firm, only to collide with a Communist minister and a sexy bureaucrat.
Hmm, sounds a little bit like the current scandel involving former Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai, who's now being tried for allegedly murdering British businessman Neil Heywood. Though the American businessman in David Henry Hwang's play doesn't meet exactly the same fate, the playwright had been told early on that some of the scenarios in his play wouldn't actually happen in China. But it seems they do happen, in this case with tragic results.
As the murder case was unfolding, Chinglish began rehearsals at our Harriosn Street campus in West Berkeley. Here's a glimpse of them:
Playwright David Henry Hwang with director Leigh Silverman.
From left: actors Brian Nishii and Alex Moggridge with David Henry Hwang and Leigh Silverman.
All photos by Cheshire Isaacs.
LOVED THE PLAY!! So insightful yet so fun, well paced, beautifully presented, outstanding sets.Loved that we were learning while being entertained so well.
I wish the photos of rehersals were videos as it would be fun to watch everyone working it out.
Thanks for great play, great work, and such a helpful topic.