INTERVIEW: Randy Reyes on Flower Drum Song, Mu, and More / by David Hwang

A scene from Mu Performing Arts’ 2008 production of  Flower Drum Song . Photo by Michal Daniel.

A scene from Mu Performing Arts’ 2008 production of Flower Drum Song. Photo by Michal Daniel.

"You’re doing Flower Drum Song with the 2002 book by David Henry Hwang, which bears very little resemblance to the original besides the score and character names. What makes this version of the musical so attractive? 

In this version of FDS, David Henry Hwang explores the tension that immigrant communities have between holding on to your cultural identity and assimilating to American culture and how that tension plays out between the generations.  This is explored from the perspective of art and entertainment.  The father is holding onto his Chinese Opera roots while the son wants to run a western-style nightclub."

Read the full interview at Twin City Arts