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Golden Child 1st Edition

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“There is a quiet, though highly theatrical, intelligence at work in Golden Child…A play composed of many small moments of grace, which are not often seen on our stages.” –Vincent Canby, New York Times

Golden Child re-establishes David Henry Hwang as a major playwright.” –David Patrick Stearns, USA Today

“A wonderfully provocative play, showing a family torn apart and a civilization in flux. Polished and truly rewarding—Hwang’s most sophisticated play so far.” –Clive Barnes, New York Post

“An engaging, deeply intelligent meditation on the rewards and bitter costs of freedom and individuality.” –Mark Harris, Entertainment Weekly

“Full of inventive devices…Golden Child emerges as a skillfully-told story that engages the emotions as well as the brain.” –Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus, October 2013

About the Author

David Henry Hwang is the author of "M. Butterfly" (1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards; Pulitzer Prize finalist), "Golden Child" (1998 Tony nomination; 1997 Obie Award), "FOB" (1981 Obie Award), "The Dance and the Railroad" (1982 Drama Desk nomination), "Family Devotions" (1982 Drama Desk nomination), "Sound and Beauty", "Bondage" and "Flower Drum Song" (2002 revival; Tony nomination).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group; 1st edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559361581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559361583
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Henry Hwang is a playwright, screenwriter and librettist for musicals and operas. He is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner, and a two-time Nominated Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His plays include M. BUTTERFLY, CHINGLISH, GOLDEN CHILD, YELLOW FACE, THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD and FOB. He wrote the script (or "book") for the Broadway musicals Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA (co-author), which ran almost five years on Broadway, the revised FLOWER DRUM SONG, and DISNEY's TARZAN, with songs by Phil Collins. As America's most-produced living opera librettist, his works include four pieces with composer Philip Glass, as well as AINADAMAR (Osvaldo Golijov - winner of two 2007 Grammy Awards), THE SILVER RIVER (Bright Sheng) and ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Unsuk Chin). His first play, FOB, premiered in his lounge of his dormitory at Stanford University. Hwang penned the feature films M. BUTTERFLY, GOLDEN GATE, and POSSESSION (co-writer), and co-wrote the song "Solo" with composer/performer Prince. Recently, he won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre, and the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is currently the Residency One Playwright at New York's Signature Theatre, which is producing a season of his plays in 2012-13, including the premiere of his newest work, KUNG FU, inspired by the life of Bruce Lee. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, actress Kathryn Layng, and their children.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on October 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you liked the segments of the film "The Joy Luck Club" which took place in China, you'll love David Henry Hwang's play "Golden Child." Although Hwang is probably better known for his play "M. Butterfly," "Golden Child" is a remarkable piece of writing which deserves attention. According to the production history included in the book version, an early version of "Golden Child" premiered in 1996, and a later version was presented at Broadway's Longacre Theatre in 1998. But "Golden Child" is also one of those plays which succeeds purely as a readers' text.
"Golden Child" opens with Andrew, a Westernized man of Chinese heritage, who is visited by the ghost of his Chinese-born mother. This brief prologue leads to the story of his mother's girlhood in China. We meet Andrews's grandfather, Tieng-Bin; Tieng-Bin's three wives; and the Western clergyman who seeks to convert them to Christianity.
"Golden Child" is a thought-provoking exploration of family life and cross-cultural contact. There is both humor and tragedy in the dialogue. The story addresses such topics as polygamy, foot-binding, ancestor worship, and opium use in traditional Chinese culture. Hwang's ironic portrayal of the politics of "conversion" may be a revelation to those Western Christians who harbor romantic, idealistic notions about bringing the "light" to non-European peoples. I was very impressed with Hwang's writing, and I highly recommend "Golden Child."
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Dressler on January 4, 2000
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I will never understand why this play tanked in New York. It is a simple, elegant tale about assimilation and familial dysfunction. David Henry Hwang is a masterful writer, and this is some of his best work. The only weakness is its ending, which falls a little flat as a character (who is clearly the author) explains the entire point, as if the audience missed it. Although this (like most of his work) is about Chinese, it should be read by people of all walks of life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jaydekitten on August 5, 2004
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I don't normally read plays. I always feel as if I will be missing something by reading the script rather than seeing it performed. After reading David Henry Hwang's "Golden Child", however, I am hoping that I will one have the opportunity to see this play in person.

Hwang mentions in the introduction that "Golden Child" underwent several rewrites until the final draft was completed. The end product, to me, is utterly flawless. A perfect mesh of comedy and tragedy unfolds as Hwang confronts the effects a man's conversion to Christianity has in early 20th century China.

A very captivating read, I highly recommend David Henry Hwang's "Golden Child".
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By Robert S. Robbins on December 16, 2012
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I saw this play performed at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City and bought the book at the Signature bookstore. I think having a bookstore in a theater is a great idea! So after reading the book I found that the framing device used in the production I saw must be new. The framing device that was added is hinted at in the introduction, the descendent of Eng Tieng-Bin uses a tape recorder to record the oral history of Eng Ahn.
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