“One of the funniest plays in memory. I haven’t heard an audience laugh this much in years.” –Chicago Sun-Times
Opening in June 2015!
A new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication
by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Lily Tung Crystal
“A triumph in any language. CHINGLISH is sexy, fun and hilarious!” –NY Magazine
CHINGLISH brings you the story of Daniel, an American businessman who sees a chance to expand his family’s sign-making business in China, where public signage is often hilariously mistranslated from Mandarin to English. Common signs like “slippery slopes ahead” become “take notice of safe: the slippery are very crafty”, which causes great embarrassment to the high-ranking government officials looking to hire Daniel’s company. But as the misinterpretations pile up, this business deal isn’t the only thing getting lost in translation. Linguistic and cultural confusions abound in this hilarious mash-up of English and Chinese, especially as Daniel begins to fall in love with the one woman he absolutely cannot have.
June 13-28, 2015 – Preview June 12
Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Running Time: approximately 2 hours including a 15-minute intermission
Age Recommendation: Recommended for ages 13 and up.*
Warning: Theatrical smoking with water-based vapor takes place during the show.
Read more about CHINGLISH below.
To purchase tickets, please call 650-329-0891 or click below to purchase online.
On Opening Night, Saturday, June 13th, enjoy a post-show Afterglow reception with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres while meeting the cast.
Complimentary with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.
Enjoy our Talkback series led by Artistic Director Patrick Klein with Show Director Lily Tung Crystal and members of the cast following the performances on
Thursdays, June 18th and June 25th.
Complimentary with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.
MISS QIAN/PROSECUTOR LI – Dianna Chung
XI YAN – Joyce Liu
DANIEL CAVANAUGH – Chris Mahle
PETER TIMMS – Michael McCune
MINISTER CAI GUOLIANG – Jeffrey Sun
ZHAO / HOTEL MANAGER / TEA SERVER / WAITER / BARTENDER – Isabel To
BING / JUDGE XU GEMING / RESTAURANT CUSTOMER / WAITER / DRIVER – Phil Wong
DIRECTOR – Lily Tung Crystal
SCENIC DESIGNER – Kuo-Hao Lo
COSTUME DESIGNER – Sharon Peng
LIGHTNING DESIGNER – Nick Kumamoto
SOUND DESIGNER – Jeff Grafton
PROPERTIES MANAGER – Pat Tyler
HAIR/MAKEUP DESIGNER – Shiboune Thill
STAGE MANAGER – Aya Matsutomo
MANAGING DIRECTOR – Diana Lynn Wiley
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Patrick Klein
What is the story of CHINGLISH?
In an effort to drum up contracts for his sign-making company, American businessman Daniel Cavanaugh travels to Guiyang, China and pitches his services to the city’s Minister of Culture. The city is building a new cultural center, and Cavanaugh is selling his ability to both manufacture the signage and ensure that the English translations are correct. With the help of a Western expatriate as his business consultant, he negotiates the tricky waters of Chinese business etiquette, but he must handle the romantic customs on his own.
What is CHINGLISH like?
Since as much of the dialogue in CHINGLISH is in Chinese as in English, subtitles are projected directly onto the set. Thus, the integration of the two languages is kept as seamless as possible for the audience while keeping the feeling of a fish-out-of-water story intact. The miscommunication, by English speakers botching Chinese pronunciation or Chinese interpreters making bizarrely literal translations of English, is a running joke in the show. Rotating sets keep the scene shifts fast and fluid, so the action never stalls.
*Is CHINGLISH good for kids?
Are your kids interested in subtitled movies? They will probably do fine at CHINGLISH. Some of the misunderstandings that go along with culture clash, like different concepts of respect and love, will be lost on younger kids. Two characters end up in bed together, and though there is no nudity, be prepared to explain infidelity.
All performances are held at the:
Lucie Stern Theater
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences
Please call 650-329-0891 for more information.
Please click HERE for our Newsroom page with publicity and production photos.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS Show times are at 7pm on Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. For ticket services, please call 650-329-0891. All sales are final; there are no exchanges or refunds. However, season subscribers are able to exchange at no charge. Ask our box office how you can become a season subscriber, and enjoy special perks like exchanges and discounted tickets. Will call ticket information: Tickets are available for pickup at the box office will call window one (1) hour prior to show time. U.S. mail ticket information: If requested, tickets are mailed via the U.S. Post Office First Class mail no later than seven (7) days prior to the show date. Palo Alto Players has two (2) price levels on the seating chart: PRIME and VALUE. If you have accessible seating needs or simply need assistance, please call our box office at (650) 329-0891. Thank you! Enjoy the show!