Friday, July 5, 2013

David Henry Hwang

When I worked on the German adaptation of Elton John's and Tim Rice's Aida I had the pleasure to meet David Henry Hwang. We were on the same wave length from the very beginning, and if I could spend more time in New York, I'm sure we could become close friends. David became famous as the author of M. Butterfly, based on the relationship between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu, a male Peking opera singer. As a dramatist I admire his understanding of dramatic structure, as an often depressed human creature I envy David's optimism. Wherever he is, the sun shines, even when skies are gray. He once said to me: "It may look like I'm a bit crazy. But I'm just happy."

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