Details of David Henry Hwang’s Artist-in-Residence at the Signature Theater have surfaced. There will be three plays, including the world premier of Kung Fu, inspired by the life of Bruce Lee, about a young martial artist who comes to America from Hong Kong in the 1960s dreaming to be a movie star.
Hwang had been writing the book for a musical about Lee, but a spokesman for Signature said that Kung Fu was not the same project and that Hwang was no longer involved in that musical. (Hwang has yet to decide if the main character in Kung Fu will be named Bruce Lee.)
Leigh Silverman, who staged Chinglish on Broadway last fall, will direct Kung Fu as well as a revival of Golden Child, which ran on Broadway in 1998. In February 2013 the director May Adrales will mount his 1981 play The Dance and the Railroad.
So, no revival of M Butterfly. Does it mean he’s saving it for the long rumored Broadway revival?