Hwang, David Henry
- Hsun Lin
(b Los Angeles, CA, Aug 11, 1957). American playwright. Hwang is known as the pre-eminent Asian American playwright in the United States. His plays often combine humor, pathos, and a sense of awe at ancient rituals. His early works focus on Chinese American experiences. His first success, the Obie Award-winning FOB (1980), depicts the conflicts between an American-born young man of Chinese descent and newly arrived Chinese immigrants. One of his best known works is M. Butterfly (1988), a play for which he won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is loosely based on a news report of a relationship between a French diplomat and a male Chinese opera singer. Hwang co-wrote the books for the musicals Aida (2000) and Tarzan (2006), rewrote the book for a revival of Flower Drum Song (2002), and provided the librettos for Philip Glass’s works ...