Hails from: Los Angeles
Known for: Winning an Obie for his first play, FOB, about the complicated nature of Asian-American identity, winning a Tony–the first Asian-American to do so–for the masterful M. Butterfly, a post-modern take on Puccini’s opera and the real-life, gender-bending love affair between a French diplomat and a Chinese opera singer (which was later adapted into a film by David Cronenberg), being named a Pulitzer finalist this year for his latest effort, Yellow Face, inspiring our peeps to become artists, writers, actors and dramatists.
If you’re not familiar with Hwang’s work, buy a copy of M. Butterfly right this minute. It’s life-changing, we swear.
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