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The King and I Meets Soft Power

Tony Award-winning theatre artists director Bartlett Sher and playwright David Henry Hwang in a conversation on the current state of American musical theater, as it wrestles with becoming more sensitive and inclusive, with focus on Asian-themed musicals.  The inspiration of Hwang's new musical Soft Power by Sher's revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I will serve as the basis for discussion of Asian representation in musical theater history, as it informs our present.  Segueing into how to improve upon the status quo, the panel will examine Sher and Hwang's distinctive approaches, illuminate points of contrast and overlap, and consider their artistic work and goals as complementary.  Moderated by Karen Shimakawa, NYU Tisch Associate Professor of Performance Studies.

Co-presented with the Barnard College Department of Theater, Stages of Inquiry.

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