Chinglish and Champagne
photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang, an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter who has risen to prominence as the preeminent Asian American dramatist in the U.S., was in Boston on December 7-8 to launch the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence's (ATASK) upcoming 20th anniversary celebration series. Starting with Mr. Hwang's play Chinglish, ATASK is sponsoring a series of special performances in 2013-2014 featuring Asian Americans who transform lives through the arts. The series will be dedicated to ATASK supporters Atsuko & Larry Fish, Kija Kim & Jim Aylward, Dr. Mary & Paul Lee, Angela & Mayor Thomas Menino, Diane Patrick & Governor Deval Patrick, and Rev. Cheng Imm Tan & Ken Morin.
On December 7, ATASK hosted Chinglish & Champagne - a performance of Chinglish at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, followed by a reception and Honorary Crane Award presentation to Mr. Hwang. Attendees were treated to a special musical tribute by performers of AAPI heritage. Emcees for the reception were author Gish Jen, Harvard Law School Professor Jeannie Suk, and WHDH reporter Janet Wu.
About ATASK's 20th anniversary celebration series:
In 1993, community leaders organized a special benefit performance of the play Dragonwings (an adaption of the children's book by Asian-American author Laurence Yep). This gathering was a first in many respects: the play's premiere on the East Coast, the city-non-profit-community collaboration, and fundraising for ATASK's first Chinese domestic violence advocate, one of the first in the US. Twenty years later, ATASK will be celebrating its 20th by combining Asian American Arts & Activism.
ATASK is honored to be collaborating with Massachusetts' cultural jewels including: the Lyric Stage, Wheelock Family Theatre, Company One, Longwood Symphony Orchestra, and American Repertory Theater. Events are still being planned and details will follow.