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Theater Diaspora reading of “The Sound of a Voice” by David Henry Hwang

Posted by Kelsey Tyler | 28 September 2015

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Inspired by Japanese folk stories, films, and Noh theater, The Sound of a Voice is Hwang’s fifth play and is an original ghost story about loneliness, isolation and human connection between two middle-aged strangers. The play centers on the woman who runs an inn in a desolate area of Japan and the man who stumbles upon her home, seeking refuge for the night as he searches for his missing comrades. They are hungry for human interaction since they are both lonely and isolated, comforted by “the sound of a voice.” But strange things happen as they foster their relationship – attraction, desire, intrigue, desperation and deception.

About the author: David Henry Hwang’s work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist, who has worked with composers Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Bright Sheng, Unsuk Chin, Huang Ruo, and Howard Shore. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His screenplays include Possession (co-writer), Golden Gate, and M. Butterfly. He currently works as a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair, and is developing an original series, Shanghai, for Lionsgate and Bravo. Hwang won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Award. He attended Stanford University and Yale Drama School; holds honorary degrees from the American Conservatory Theatre, Columbia College, Lehigh University, and USC; and serves as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre.


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