Chinglish at PCS
Join Dmae for a special look David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at Portland Center Stage with director May Adrales and actors Tina Chilip and Peter O’Connor. We’ll hear about what’s like to work on a bilingual Chinese/English play and about the cultural and language differences permeating this comedic look at international relations.
Delving deeply into language barriers is at the crux of “Chinglish,â€ a bi-lingual play about a white American businessman who travels to China hoping that local officials will hire his company to create signage in English for visitors. â€œChinglishâ€ not only deals with language problems but also cultural misinterpretations. The complications of the business deal intertwine with a love story between the businessman, Daniel Cavanaugh, and the female lead Xi Yan, the Vice Minister of Culture. Through “Chinglish” Hwang deftly depicts cultural assumptions people make that lead to miscommunication. Dmae talks with the director who recently went to China to research the play and two actors who play the main love story.
May Adrales (director)Â is a freelance theater director based in New York City and has helmed several world premieres including JC Leeâ€™sÂ LuceÂ (LCT3); Katori Hallâ€™sÂ Whaddabloodclot!!!(Williamstown Theater Festival);Â In This HouseÂ at Two River Theater Company; A. Rey Pamatmatâ€™sÂ Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit ThemÂ (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Thomas Bradshawâ€™sÂ MaryÂ (The Goodman Theatre); Tommy Smithâ€™sThe WifeÂ (Access Theater) andÂ The BereavedÂ (Partial Comfort Productions). She recently directed David Henry Hwangâ€™sThe Dance and the RailroadÂ at Signature Theatre and the Wuzhen International Theater Festival in China, and Katori Hallâ€™sÂ The MountaintopÂ at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Upcoming Projects:Â Breath and ImaginationÂ (Cleveland Playhouse) andÂ DeathtrapÂ (Pioneer Theater).Â www.mayadrales.net
Tina ChilipÂ (Xi Yan)Â makes her Portland Center Stage debut with her fourth David Henry Hwang play. She has previously been inÂ M. ButterflyÂ (Guthrie Theater),Â Yellow Face(TheatreWorks in California) and twice inÂ Golden ChildÂ (Signature Theatre in New York – dir. Leigh Silverman; and the Cultural Center of the Philippines). Other New York credits:Â A Dream PlayÂ (National Asian American Theater Company),Â FlipzoidsÂ (Ma-Yi Theater Company),Â Joy Luck ClubÂ (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre),Â Sweet KarmaÂ (Queens Theatre in the Park),Â Twelfth NightÂ (Leviathan Lab).Â Â www.tinachilip.com
Peter O’ConnorÂ (Daniel Cavanaugh)Â Past theatre credits includeÂ Annie Baker’sÂ The AliensÂ (West Coast premiere at San Francisco Playhouse; The Studio Theatre, D.C., dir. Lila Neugebauer),Â JailbaitÂ (Obie Award, The Cherry Lane; The Cherry Pit),Â And Miles to GoÂ ( dir. Hal Brooks),Â so go the ghosts of mexicoÂ (Ellen Stewart Award, La MaMa, dir. Meiyin Wang), Robert O’Hara’sÂ Fuckmate, Laura Mark’sÂ 50 Shades, Jon Caren’sÂ YESÂ (Partial Comfort), O’Neill’sÂ Beyond the HorizonÂ (Center Stage),Â Sexual HealingÂ (The Mint),Â BalatonÂ (Urban Stages),Â Sexual Neuroses of our ParentsÂ (Wild Project),Â A Bitter Taste,Â Echo EchoÂ andÂ Behind the BlindÂ (Ensemble Studio Theatre),Â Kidstuff,Â Letters to the End of the WorldÂ (Theatre Row),Shape of ThingsÂ (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination).Â www.vimeo.com/peteroconnor ____________________________________________________________________
“Chinglish” Â runs January 11 â€“ February 9, 2014.Â Opening Night: Friday, January 17, 7:30 p.m.Â Â On the Main Stage at The Gerding Theater at the Armory. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2 p.m. matinees and 7:30 p.m. evenings on select Sundays and Saturdays; matinees at noon on select Thursdays.Â Complete schedule: http://www.pcs.org/”Chinglish”/
Preview tickets start at $29. Regular tickets start at $33. Discounts for students, those under 25 and groups.Â Online: www.pcs.org By Phone: 503.445.3700, 12â€“6 p.m.Â In Person: PCSâ€™s box office is at 128 NW Eleventh Avenue
Rush Tickets: $20.Â Groups: Discounts for groups of 10 or moreÂ at 503.445.3794. Please Note: Recommended for ages 16+; mature content, language and sexuality.
More info:Â http://www.pcs.org/Chinglish
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