Signature Theatre has announced a two-week extension of the upcoming world premiere of David Henry Hwang's Kung Fu. Leigh Silverman directs the production, which features choreography by Sonya Tayeh. Kung Fu will begin performances on February 4, with an official opening on February 24, and run through March 30 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
Newly announced events include a panel discussion of "The Practice and Performance of Kung Fu" (March 29) with two special guests: cofounder of the New York Asian Film Festival Grady Hendrix and Wing Chun instructor Sifu Allan Lee, who studied with Bruce Lee's renowned teacher Grandmaster Yip Man. Moderator Brian Phillips will lead the discussion.
There will also be a "Page to Stage" pre-show discussion with playwright David Henry Hwang and director Leigh Silverman on February 13, a "Backstage Pass" pre-show discussion with one of the production's designers on March 5, and a series of post-show talkbacks.
As previously announced, the cast of Kung Fu will feature Phoebe Strole, Jon Rua, and So You Think You Can Dance's Cole Horibe as well as Emmanuel Brown, Clifton Duncan, Bradley Fong, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Ari Loeb, Reed Luplau, Kristen Faith Oei, and Christopher Vo.
Kung Fu is a portrait of martial arts superstar Bruce Lee. The show, which blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts, and drama, follows Lee (Horibe) in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, and a father.
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