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, will premiere at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre in May 2018, before traveling to the Curran Theatre in San Francisco.
SOFT POWER makes its New York premiere at The Public September 24 - November 3