March 5 – 29, 2015

By David Henry Hwang
March 5 – March 29, 2015
Seattle Premiere

This laugh-out-loud comedy by the much celebrated Tony-Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), merrily spews forth mutilated and mangled idioms, slang and pronunciations, against the backdrop of stranger-in-a-strange-land tensions. Our protagonist, a naïve American business man, finds himself in China trying to sell a Cultural Minister signs with proper English translations, all the while making his own blunders not only in language, but in cultural etiquette, sex, and in searching for the best guanxi!Creative Team

Director – Annie Lareau

Assistant Director – Chesa Greene

Assistant Director/Stage Manager – David Hsieh

Scenic Designer – Carey Wong

Co-Scenic Designer – Burton Yuen

Lighting Designer – Kori Hjelm

Costume Designer – Kelly McDonald

Co-Sound Designer – Harry Todd Jamieson

Co-Sound Designer – Jay Weinland



Audrey Fan – Miss Qian, Prosecutor Li

Kathy Hsieh – Xi Yan

Hing Lam – Cai Guoliang

Guy Nelson – Peter Timms

Serin Ngai – Zhao

Evan Whitfield – Daniel Cavanaugh

Moses Yim – Bing, Judge Xu Geming


 ArtsWest’s Chinglish is funny and refreshing – Amanda Knox, West Seattle Herald

Cultural Divides in ArtsWest’s Chinglish – Jay Irwin, Broadway World

English/Chinese combo – a great night in translation – Miryam Gordon

Chinglish – Jerry Kraft, Seattle Actor

‘Chinglish’ A Witty, Energetic Production Not to Miss – Jaqueline Wu, The International Examiner

David Henry Hwang’s “Chinglish” at ArtsWest – Nancy Worssam, Arts Stage, Seattle Rage

‘Chinglish’: East meets West across the Linguistic Divide – Misha Berson, The Seattle Times

‘Chinglish’ at ArtsWest explores bilingual adventures in translation – Judy Chia Hui Hsu