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Trying to Find Chinatown - Selected Plays - F.O.B. & The Dance and the Railroad & Family Devotions & The House of the Sleeping Beauties & The Sound of a Voice & More

Trying to Find Chinatown - Selected Plays - F.O.B. & The Dance and the Railroad & Family Devotions & The House of the Sleeping Beauties & The Sound of a Voice & More $18.99

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David Henry Hwang

Published by Theatre Communications

This eight-play collection includes:

FOB: "fresh off the boat" explores the conflicts between old and new worlds

The Dance and the Railroad: a haunting play about the inhuman conditions of railroad workers in the 1860s American West

Family Devotions: a biting work which probes the religious conflicts in a modern Chinese-American family

The Sound of a Voice: a meditation on the traditional roles of man and woman set in feudal Japan

The House of Sleeping Beauties: a reworking of a novella by Yasunari Kawabata

The Voyage: the libretto to the opera by Philip Glass, which examines Columbus's arrival in America

Bondage: a one-act set in an S&M parlor, which examines racial stereotypes and sexual myths

Trying to Find Chinatown: a two-person play, in which two Asian-American men-one searching for his Asian heritage, the other trying to shake himself free-meet by chance in New York City

"Hwang has the potential to become the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller, and maybe the best of them all" ~ Detroit News

"David Henry Hwang knows America-its vernacular, its social landscape, its theatrical traditions. He knows the same about China. In his plays, he manages to mix both of these conflicting cultures until he arrives at a style that is wholly his own. Hwang's works have the verve of the well-made American stage comedies and yet, with little warning, they bubble over into the mystical rituals of Asian stagecraft. By at once bringing West and East into conflict and unity, this playwright has found the perfect way to dramatize both the pain and the humor of the immigrant experience" ~ Frank Rich, New York Times

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