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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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Known For

M. Butterfly
M. Butterfly Writer
Possession Writer
The Lost Empire
Golden Gate
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 2016 487 in Progress (Short) (writer)
 2016 Last Vow (Short)
 2015-2016 The Affair (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- 303 (2016) ... (written by)
- 209 (2015) ... (written by)
- 206 (2015) ... (written by)
 2016 Work/Life (Short)
 2016 PSA (Short)
 2015 Bondage (based on play)
 2013 Yellow Face (original story)
 2010 Icarus at the Edge of Time (Short) (adaptation)
 2007 Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie) (libretto)
 2003 Sound of a Voice (Short) (play "The Sound of a Voice")
 2002 Possession (screenplay)
 2001 The Lost Empire (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.1 (2001) ... (written by)
 1993 Golden Gate (written by)
 1993 M. Butterfly (play) / (screenplay)
 1991 Alive from Off Center (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dances in Exile (1991) ... (writer)
 1990 Forbidden Nights (TV Movie) (story - as David Hwang)
 1985 Blind Alleys (TV Movie) (as David Hwang)
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Other Works:

He wrote the new book version for the musical, "Flower Drum Song," on Broadway in New York City. Richard Rodgers was original composer. Oscar Hammerstein II was original lyricist. Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields wrote the original musical version. C.Y. Lee wrote the novel. Robert Longbottom was director and choreographer... See more »

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David Hwang

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Personal Quote:

[on his screen play for 'Chinglish'] There are just so many fundamental misunderstandings about our two cultures. About ideas that Americans tend to think of as intrinsic, like the role of love in long-term marriages. We don't have a term in English for 'qingyi' [a notably long marital partnership]. 'Love' is a clumsy word the way we use it. It can mean anything from altruistic love to brotherly ... See more »


He was nominated for a 2003 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Book of a Musical for "Flower Drum Song" on Broadway in New York City. See more »

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