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David Henry Hwang

Born in Los Angeles in 1957 to immigrants, Hwang is a successful playwright. He graduated from Stanford University in 1979 and attended Yale in 1980. He is most famous for M. Butterfly (1993), which was adapted for the screen in 1993, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone. See full bio »
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M. Butterfly
M. Butterfly Writer
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Chinglish Writer
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 2015-2016 The Affair (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
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 2007 Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie) (libretto)
 2001 The Lost Empire (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
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 1991 Alive from Off Center (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
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 1990 Forbidden Nights (TV Movie) (story - as David Hwang)
 1985 Blind Alleys (TV Movie) (as David Hwang)
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(November 7 to January 5, 2002) Linda Woolveton, Robert Falls and he wrote the book for the musical, "Aida," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Wayne Cilento was choreographer. Robert Falls was also director. Elton John and Tim Rice were composers and lyricists. See more »

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The film world is very different now than it was 10 or 20 years ago. Big studios rarely invest nowadays in "artistic" pictures, which are likely to be made from plays. So a play will probably become an indie movie, which is more like doing an Off-Broadway show -- less money, but more artistic control. I'll see how my process with "Chinglish" works out before offering any advice. See more »


Nominated for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "M. Butterfly" and for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Yellow Face". See more »

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