David Henry Hwang, whose latest play Chinglish has just been nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards, will give a talk tomorrow at Columbia University. The talk is organized by the Columbia University Chinese Students and Scholars Association.
Most people agree that the Chinglish run on Broadway was too short. Some people think this is an Off-Broadway show that should not have gone to the Broadway. But would it have the kind of mainstream publicity if it were not a Broadway production? Would the average theater goers ever even notice this show if it were not on Broadway? My guess is that the number of audience who saw it during its less-than-spectacular Broadway run is still larger than what that number would be even if it had a very successful Off-Broadway run. Well, we can now hear what David Henry Hwang thinks.