Eugene O'Neill Theatre, (3/20/1988 - 1/27/1990)

First Preview: Mar 13, 1988
Opening Date: Mar 20, 1988
Closing Date: Jan 27, 1990
Total Previews: 9
Total Performances: 777

Category: Play, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: A Paris prison, 1988, and, in recall the years 1960-1986 in Beijing and Paris.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President)

Produced by Stuart Ostrow and David Geffen

Written by David Henry Hwang; Incidental music by Giacomo Puccini and Lucia Hwong; Live music arranged by Jason Hwang and Yukio Tsuji; Musical Director: Lucia Hwong

Directed by John Dexter

Scenic Design by Eiko Ishioka; Costume Design by Eiko Ishioka; Lighting Design by Andy Phillips; Hair Design by Phyllis Della; Sound Design by Peter J. Fitzgerald; Associate Scenic Design: Duke Durfee; Associate Costume Design: John Dunn; Make-Up Design by Joe Campayno; Assistant to Phillips: Brian Nason; Assistant to Ms. Ishioka: Susan O'Donnell

General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.

Production Stage Manager: Bob Borod; Stage Manager: Barry Kearsley; Technical Supervisor: Jeremiah J. Harris Associates; Assistant Stage Mgr: Glen Gardali

Lute: Lucia Hwong; Percussion, Shakuhachi and Guitar: Yukio Tsuji; Violin and Percussion: Jason Hwang; Musical Coordinator: John Miller

Casting: Meg Simon and Fran Kumin; Peking Opera Consultant: Jamie H. J. Guan and Michele Ehlers; General Press Representative: Springer Associates, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus; Advertising: Grey Entertainment & Media; Assistant to Mr. Dexter: Miguel Braganza, Jr.; Production Associate: June Reimer

Opening Night Cast

John LithgowRene Gallimard
(Mar 13, 1988 - Aug 20, 1988)
John GetzMarc
(Mar 13, 1988 - Sep 03, 1988)
Man #2
(Mar 13, 1988 - Sep 03, 1988)
Consul Sharpless
(Mar 13, 1988 - Sep 03, 1988)
Rose GregorioHelga
(Mar 13, 1988 - Sep 03, 1988)
George N. MartinM. Toulon
Man #1
BD Wong
Broadway debut
Song Liling
Lori Tan ChinnComrade Chin
Shu Fang
Lindsay FrostRenee
Woman at Party
Girl in Magazine
Jamie H. J. GuanKurogo
Alec MapaKurogo
Chris OdoKurogo

Understudies: Kathleen Chalfant (Helga), Elizabeth Hess (Girl in Magazine, Renee, Woman at Party), Tom Klunis (M. Toulon), Kathryn Layng (Renee), Alec Mapa (Comrade Chin, Shu Fang, Song Liling, Suzuki) and Richard Poe (Marc, Rene Gallimard)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1988 Best Play [winner] 

Written by David Henry Hwang; Produced by Stuart Ostrow and David Geffen

 1988 Best Actor in Play [nominee] 

John Lithgow

winner 1988 Best Featured Actor in a Play [winner] 

BD Wong

 1988 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Eiko Ishioka

 1988 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Eiko Ishioka

 1988 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Andy Phillips

winner 1988 Best Direction of a Play [winner] 

John Dexter

Drama Desk Award

winner 1988 Outstanding New Play [winner] 

Produced by Stuart Ostrow and David Geffen; Written by David Henry Hwang

 1988 Outstanding Actor in a Play [nominee] 

John Lithgow

winner 1988 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [winner] 

BD Wong

winner 1988 Outstanding Director of a Play [winner] 

John Dexter

 1988 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

Eiko Ishioka

 1988 Outstanding Set Design [nominee] 

Eiko Ishioka

Pulitzer Prize

 1989 for Drama [nominee] 

Written by David Henry Hwang

Theatre World

winner 1988 Award [recipient] 

BD Wong

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Eugene O'Neill Theatre

(3/20/1988 - 1/27/1990)
Assistant Stage Mgr: Jon Krause(Oct 9, 1989 - Jan 27, 1990).


Alan Ariano
David Dukes
Rene Gallimard (Aug 22, 1988 - Feb 18, 1989)
Ann Harada
Comrade Chin (Dec 27, 1988 - ?)
Shu Fang (Dec 27, 1988 - ?)
Suzuki (Dec 27, 1988 - ?)
Curt Karibalis
Consul Sharpless
Man #2
Tom Klunis
M. Toulon
Man #1
Jennifer Lam
Comrade Chin
Shu Fang
Kathryn Layng
Girl in Magazine
Woman at Party
Lolita Lesheim
Girl in Magazine
Woman at Party
A. Mapa
Song Liling
Pamela Payton-Wright
Helga (Sep 5, 1988 - ?)
Richard Poe
Consul Sharpless (Sep 5, 1988 - ?)
Man #2 (Sep 5, 1988 - ?)
Marc (Sep 5, 1988 - ?)
Tony Randall
Rene Gallimard (Aug 21, 1989 - ?)
John Rubinstein
Rene Gallimard (Feb 20, 1989 - Aug 19, 1989)

Understudies: Catherine Byers (Helga), Michael Hammond (Consul Sharpless, Man #2, Marc), Francis Jue (Song Liling), Curt Karibalis (Rene Gallimard), Anita Keal (Helga), Katherine McCall (Renee), Chris Odo (Comrade Chin, Shu Fang, Song Liling, Suzuki).

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