Associate Professor David Henry Hwang Inducted into Theater Hall of Fame
September 18, 2018
Faculty member David Henry Hwang was inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame Inc. for 2018, along with actors Cicely Tyson (The Gin Game, The Trip to Bountiful), Christine Baranski (White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Boeing-Boeing), and director Joe Mantello (Wicked, Take Me Out, Assassins).
“To be eligible for nomination, the theatre professional must have at least twenty-five years in the Broadway theatre, five major productions, or be a leader of Off-Broadway or a regional theatre pioneer,” according to the organization’s website. The nominees are then voted into the Hall of Fame by Hall of Fame members and two hundred fifty American theatre critics.
Associate Professor Hwang is the author of several acclaimed plays including M. Butterfly, which was revived on Broadway in 2017, and most recently, An American Soldier, an opera that premiered in June 2018, for which Hwang wrote the story and music. His past plays include Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, among others. In addition to his stage works, he has written for Showtime’s Golden-Globe winning show, The Affair. He has received a PEN Award, a Tony Award, three OBIE Awards, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
The 48th Annual Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater Induction Ceremony will be held November 12 at the Gershwin Theatre.