‘Chinglish’ Returning to EWP


Vice Minister of Culture Xi Yan (Kara Wang) and American businessman Daniel Cavanaugh (Matthew Jaeger) in a scene from David Henry Hwang’s “Chinglish.” (Photo by Michael Lamont)


Due to popular demand, East West Players reopens “Chinglish,” a comedy by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, for a two-week run starting Dec. 3.

An American businessman who’s desperately looking to score a lucrative contract for his family’s firm travels to China only to learn how much he doesn’t understand. His translators are unreliable, his consultant may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xi, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk – but what is she saying, anyway?

The cast features Kara Wang (Chen Kaige’s “Caught in the Web” and Daniel Hsia’s “Shanghai Calling”) as Xi Yan, Matthew Jaeger as Daniel Cavanaugh, Jeff Locker as Peter Timms, Ben Wang as Cai Guolang, Ewan Chung as Bing and Judge Xu Geming, and Joy Yao as Zhao. Jeff Liu directs the production.

The schedule is as follows: Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3-4, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m.; Wednesday to Friday, Dec. 9-11, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 and 7 p.m. Running time is two hours with a 15-minute intermission.

“Chinglish” utilizes supertitles to translate Mandarin Chinese. This production contains adult situations, mature language, and strobe effects.

EWP is located at 120 Judge John Aiso St. in Little Tokyo. For more information, call (213) 625-7000 or visit www.eastwestplayers.org.

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