Casting is complete for the previously announced revival of David Henry Hwang’s drama Golden Child at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the Signature Theatre Company production will begin performances October 23 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre. Golden Child will officially open on November 13 and play a limited engagement through December 2.
Golden Child will star Greg Watanabe as Grandson/Eng Tieng-Bin, Jennifer Lim as Eng Luan, Second Wife, Tony nominee Julyana Soelistyo as Eng Siu-Young, First Wife, Matthew Maher as Reverend Baines, Lesley Hu as Eng Eling, Third Wife, Annie Q as Eng Ahn, Tina Chilip as Servant/Ghost and Nadia Gan as Servant/Ghost.
Hwang’s 1998 play is the story of a Chinese businessman (Watanabe), who, after three years working abroad, sets off a dangerous power struggle in his polygamous Chinese household. Golden Child explores the often-painful process through which change comes to people and cultures. Golden Child originally premiered on Broadway on April 2, 1998, starring Tsai Chin, Randall Duk Kim and Ming-Na Wen. The production earned three Tony nominations, including Best Play.
Watanabe starred in Ballad of Yachiyo off-Broadway. His film and TV credits include Only the Brave, Life Tastes Good, Watch Over Me and Under Wraps. Julyana Soelistyo earned a Tony nomination for her performance as Eng Ahn in the original production of Golden Child. Lim recently starred in Hwang’s Chinglish on Broadway. Maher appeared off-Broadway in The School For Lies, Richard III and The World Over. Annie Q’s film and TV credits include Are We There Yet and Blue Bloods. Hu makes her off-Broadway debut in Golden Child. Chilip appeared off-Broadway in The Joy Luck Club. Gan’s off-Broadway credits include The Shanghai Gesture and Shogun Macbeth.
The Golden Child creative team includes scenic designer Neil Patel, costume designer Anita Yavich, lighting designer Matt Frey, sound designer Darron L. West, projection designer Darrel Maloney, hair and wig designer Tom Watson, dialect coach Deb Hecht and movement consultant Qian Yi.