Soft Power / by David Hwang


Soft Power

By David Henry Hwang & Jeanine Tesori

What begins as a comedy set in 2016 Los Angeles, suddenly jumps 100 years into the future, where the scene we just witnessed has been mythologized as the basis of a beloved Chinese musical. A Chinese executive finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted American leader, as the power balance between their two nations shifts, and a new world order arrives. Soft Power imagines what the world -- and the musical -- might become once China gains international cultural dominance, or “soft power.” A Center Theatre Group commission and the first collaboration between Hwang and Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), the production, directed by Leigh Silverman, premiered at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre in May 2018, before traveling to the Curran Theatre in San Francisco.