by David Henry Hwang
directed by Leigh Silverman
originally produced at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL.
June 18, 2011 through July 24, 2011

Co-production with The Public Theater

About the Premiere Production:

The truth is lost—or concealed—in Chinglish, a new work by Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). When American businessman Daniel arrives in China hoping to make an important deal, he finds himself enmeshed in a system that he doesn't understand—and is more complex than he ever imagined.

Artistic Statement

From Artistic Director Robert Falls
Always at the cutting edge of contemporary theater, David Henry Hwang has a singular voice for the American stage. Yet again with Chinglish, David defies all previous convention and breaks language barrier in a global society—all within the context of the brilliant hilarity for which he is known.

What this grant has allowed us to do:

From Executive Director Roche Schulfer
Chinglish is a vital new work for the American stage, and we are proud to premiere it at the Goodman in partnership with The Public Theater. This grant supports a play and a playwright that are dedicated to diversity—a pillar of Goodman Theatre—and allows us to build important bridges into Chicago’s expansive Asian American community.

Creative Team:

Director: Leigh Silverman

Additional Funders:

Goodman Theatre Women’s Board is the Major Sponsor; Bank of America and PwC are the Corporate Sponsor Partners. Principal Support of Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives is provided by The Joyce Foundation.

Subsequent Productions:


Stageworks Theatre
Tampa, FL
March 17, 2014 - April 11, 2014

Syracuse Stage
Syracuse, NY
February 26, 2014 - March 16, 2014

South Coast Repertory
Costa Mesa, CA
January 25, 2013 - February 24, 2013

Portland Center Stage
Portland, OR
January 11, 2013 - February 9, 2013

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Boston, MA
November 30, 2012 - December 19, 2012

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Berkeley, CA
August 24, 2012 - December 19, 2012

On Broadway at The Longacre Theatre
New York, NY
October 11, 2011 - January 29, 2012




Theatre: Fall Preview
New Yorker, September 26, 2011

Fall arts picks: Theater
Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2011

In the wings on Broadway, September 16, 2011

Broadway for fall 2011
Chicago Tribune, September 15, 2011

The play's the thing on Broadway this fall
Newsday, September 15, 2011

East Meets West In Broadway Play Chinglish
Village Voice, September 14, 2011

It's a black-themed fall on Broadway
USA Today, September 14, 2011

Funny business: Kim Cattrall leads a caravan of comedy to Broadway
NY Post, September 13, 2011

Casting, Opening Date Locked Down for Broadway's ‘CHINGLISH’, September 13, 2011

Broadway Premiere of David Henry Hwang's Chinglish Sets Theater and First Performance Date, August 2, 2011

David Henry Hwang's Chinglish Will Tie Its Tongue Around Longacre Theatre on Broadway, August 2, 2011

Jennifer Lim's breakout role in Chinglish
Chicago Tribune, July 16, 2011

Broadway-Bound Chinglish Extends at Chicago's Goodman
Playbill, July 6, 2011

Two worthy new summer plays: 'Chinglish' and 'The Homosexuals'
Chicago Tribune, June 30, 2011

By Way of Chicago, David Henry Hwang Comedy 'Chinglish' Will Come To Broadway
New York Times, June 28, 2011

Impressive cast in complex 'Chinglish'
Chicago Sun Times, June 28, 2011

In Performance: Chinglish at the Goodman Theatre
Chicago Tribune, June 27, 2011

In Hwang's hilarious 'Chinglish,' the Chinese tiger roars, American business trembles
Chicago Tribune, June 27, 2011

David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, Tale of an American in China, Opens in Chicago June 27
Playbill, June 27, 2011

Chinglish Plays Goodman's Albert Theatre Through 7/24
Broadway World Chicago, June 27, 2011

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