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When
Tue, Feb 5, 2019 7:00pm –

Where

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
at 70th Street
New York  New York  10021
United States
212-288-6400
ASIA SOCIETY AND BARNARD THEATRE DEPARTMENT

'The King and I' Meets 'Soft Power'


Tony Award-winning theater artists director Bartlett Sher and Columbia School of the Arts professor and playwright David Henry Hwang engage in a conversation on the current state of American musical theater, as it wrestles with becoming more sensitive and inclusive, with focus on Asian-themed musicals. The inspiration of Hwang's new musical Soft Power by Sher's revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I will serve as the basis for discussion of Asian representation in musical theater history, as it informs our present. Segueing into how to improve upon the status quo, the panel will examine Sher and Hwang's distinctive approaches, illuminate points of contrast and overlap, and consider their artistic work and goals as complementary. The conversation will be moderated by Karen Shimakawa, NYU Tisch Associate Professor of Performance Studies.

This program is part of the series Asian Americans in Theatre: Art and Activism, conceived and organized by Marina Chan (CC '17) and co-presented with the Barnard College Department of Theatre, Stages of Inquiry