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David Henry Hwang, a name synonymous with cultural exploration and theatrical daring, has reshaped the landscape of American drama. Born in Los Angeles in 1957 to immigrant parents, he found his voice early, devouring literature and honing his writing skills. By college, he was captivated by the stage, crafting his first play, FOB, a humorous, poignant look at the Asian American experience.

This debut launched a meteoric rise. In 1988, M. Butterfly, his exploration of cultural misperception and espionage, captivated audiences and critics alike, winning a Tony Award and solidifying Hwang's place as a theatrical powerhouse. He continued to push boundaries with projects like Golden Child, a magical realist take on Chinese mythology, and Yellow Face, a satirical examination of racial casting in Hollywood.

Beyond groundbreaking plays, Hwang has lent his talents to musicals like Aida and Disney's Tarzan, and even explored opera with M. Butterfly's operatic adaptation. He's also a screenwriter, professor, and advocate for Asian American representation in the arts. His tireless efforts have earned him countless awards, including three Obies and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

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