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Born: August 11, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: playwright, screenwriter, producer

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Rapidly appeared on the theatrical landscape with his first play "FOB" (1980), which opened at the New York Shakespeare Festival when Hwang was in his early twenties. He followed his premiere with a number of plays, including "Family Devotions" and "The Sound of a Voice", all produced at the Festival. Hwang catapulted to international fame with "M. Butterfly". The 1988 play was produced first on Broadway and later in numerous other venues. Telling the story of a French diplomat who was romantically involved with a Chinese opera star who he believed to be a woman but was in fact a man, the play was immensely popular, both critically and commercially.Hwang adapted and executive produced the film version of "M. Butterfly" (1993), which was directed by David Cronenberg and starred Jeremy Irons and John Lone. Perhaps it was a tribute to the fantastic spectacle of the original, as well as stories of how the script was softened, that audiences were not as interested in the film version as they were in the play. Hwang continued writing for film, however, with the script of the failed "Golden Gate" (1994), an interracial love story set in 1950s San Francisco.

Rapidly appeared on the theatrical landscape with his first play "FOB" (1980), which opened at the New York Shakespeare Festival when Hwang was in his early twenties. He followed his premiere with a number of plays, including "Family Devotions" and "The Sound of a Voice", all produced at the Festival. Hwang catapulted to international fame with "M. Butterfly". The 1988 play was produced first on Broadway and later in numerous other venues. Telling the story of a French diplomat who was romantically involved with a Chinese opera star who he believed to be a woman but was in fact a man, the play was immensely popular, both critically and commercially.

Hwang adapted and executive produced the film version of "M. Butterfly" (1993), which was directed by David Cronenberg and starred Jeremy Irons and John Lone. Perhaps it was a tribute to the fantastic spectacle of the original, as well as stories of how the script was softened, that audiences were not as interested in the film version as they were in the play. Hwang continued writing for film, however, with the script of the failed "Golden Gate" (1994), an interracial love story set in 1950s San Francisco.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Robot Stories (2002)
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1980:
First play produced, "FOB"
1988:
First play produced on Broadway, "M. Butterfly"; won Tony Award
1993:
Debut as screenwriter and executive producer, "M. Butterfly"
1993:
Wrote original screenplay, "Golden Gate"
1994:
Play "Face Value", a farce about mistaken identity, closed before its scheduled Broadway opening
1996:
Returned to NY theater with "Golden Child", produced Off-Broadway
1998:
A revised version of "Golden Child" opened on Broadway; play was based in part on his mother's mother; received Tony nomination as Best Play
2000:
Contributed to the book of the musical "Aida" with a score by Elton John and Tim Rice
:
Revised the book of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song"; announced for production at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theater during the 2000-2001 season
2001:
Penned the script for "The Monkey King", an NBC two=part miniseries
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Education

Stanford University: Stanford , California - 1979
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1980 - 1981

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wife:
Ophelia Y M Chong. Artist. Married 1985; divorced 1989.
wife:
Kathryn Laing. Actor. Featured in the ABC show "Doogie Howser, MD"; met when she appeared in "M. Butterfly" on Broadway; married December 17, 1993.

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father:
Henry Yuan Hwang. Banker. Born in Shanghai; emmigrated to USA in 1948; founded Far East National Bank in 1974.
mother:
Dorthy Yu. Pianist. Born in the Philippines.
sister:
Mimi Hwang. Musician. Younger.
sister:
Grace Hwang. Banker. Younger.
son:
Noah Hwang. Born c. March 1996; mother Kathryn Layng.
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