Published and Unpublished Works


“As the Crow Flies.” Between Worlds: Contemporary Asian-American Plays. Ed. Misha Berson.  New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1990. 97-108.

Chinglish. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2012.

Flower Drum Song. New York: Theater Communications Group, 2003.

FOB and Other Plays. New York: Plume, 1990. Comprises FOB; The Dance and the RailroadFamily Devotions; The House of Sleeping Beauties; The Sound of a Voice; Rich Relations; 1000 Airplanes on the Roof.

“From Come.” On a Bed of Rice: An Asian-American Erotic Feast. Ed. Geraldine Kudaka. New York: Anchor, 1995. 456-61.

Golden Child. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1999.

Golden Child. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1998.

Golden Child. videotaped at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York Public Library’s Theatre on Film and Tape Archive, Billy Rose Theatre Collection, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York: 1996, 3 videocassettes.

“The Great Helmsman.” 2007: The Best Ten-Minute Plays for Three or More Actors. Ed.  Lawrence Harbison. Hanover, NH: Smith and Kraus, 2008. 31-7.

“Jade Flowerpots and Bound Feet.” Version 3.0: Contemporary Asian American Plays.  Ed. Chay Yew.  New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2001.  574-9.

“Jade Flowerpots and Bound Feet.” 2004: The Best Ten-Minute Plays for Two Actors. Hanover, NH: Smith and Kraus, 2004. 179-85. 1989.

Kung FuNew York: Theatre Communications Group, 2016.   (November 15th release date)

M. Butterfly. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1998.

M. Butterfly. New York: Plume, 1989.

“Merchandising.” Humana Festival ’99: The Complete Plays. Lyme, NH: Smith and Kraus, 1999. 299-303.

1000 Airplanes on the Roof: A Science Fiction Music-Drama. Realized with Philip Glass and Jerome Sirlin Layton. Utah: Gibbs Smith, 1989.

Trying To Find Chinatown: The Selected Plays. New York: TCG, 2000. Comprises FOB; The Dance and the Railroad; Family Devotions; The Sound of a Voice; The House of Sleeping Beauties; The Voyage; Bondage; Trying to Find Chinatown.

Yellow Face. New York: Theatre Communications Guild, 2009.



Ibsen, Henrik. Peer Gynt. Adapted with Stephan Müller. New York: Playscripts, 2006.

Sis, Peter. Tibet Through the Red Box. New York: Playscripts, 2006.




The Affair. (Season 2, Episodes 5 and 9), Showtime, 2015, television.

Blind Alleys, with Frederic Kimball directed by William Cosel and David F. Wheeler, Metromedia Playhouse, 1985, television.

The Dance and the Railroad, directed by Emile Ardolino, ABC Video Enterprises, 1981, VHS.

“Dances in Exile,” episode for Alive from Off-Center, directed by Howard Silver, KTCA Minneapolis, 1991, television.

Forbidden Nights, (story) directed by Waris Hussein, Warner Brothers, 1990, film.

Golden Gate, directed by John Madden, Samuel Goldwyn, 1994, film.

Korea: Homes Apart, directed by Christine Choy and J. T. Takagi, Third World Newsreel, 1991, film.

M. Butterfly, directed by David Cronenberg, Geffen Pictures, 1993, film.

The Monkey King [also known as The Lost Empire], directed by Peter Macdonald, Hallmark Entertainment, 2001, television.

Possession, with Neil LaBute and Laura Jones, directed by Neil LaBute, USA Films/Warner Bros., 2002, film.

Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland. directed by Ellen Fellmann, UNITEL, 2007, television.




Aida. Book co-authored with Robert Falls and Linda Woolverton. Music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Dir. Robert Falls. Palace Theatre, Broadway, 2000.

Ainadamar. Libretto. Composer Osvaldo Golijov. Tanglewood Musical Center (Lennox, Massachusetts), 2003.

Alice in Wonderland. Libretto with Unsuk Chin. Composer Unsuk Chin. Bavarian State Opera for Munich Opera Festival, 2007.

“Bang Kok.” Unproduced short play commission for Pieces of the Quilt, San Francisco Magic  Theatre, 1995.

Face Value. Colonial Theatre (Boston), 1993.

The Fly. Libretto. Composer Howard Shore. Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), 2008.

Golden Child. Unpublished play script. Signature Theatre (New York), 2012.

“Hushed Tones.” America: Now and Here Tour.  Kansas City, Missouri, March 2011.

Icarus at the Edge of Time. Libretto with Brian Greene. Composer Philip Glass. Alice Tully Hall  (New York City), 2010.

Odysseus on 43rd Street. Lark Play Development Center. April 26, 2012.

The Silver River. Libretto. Composer Bright Sheng. Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival, 1998.

Sound and Beauty. Libretto. Composer Philip Glass. American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, Massachusetts), 2003.

Tarzan. Book. Music Phil Collins. Richard Rodgers Theatre (Broadway), 2006.

Venus Voodoo. Libretto. Composer Lucia Hwong. Lincoln Center (New York City), 1989.

“A Very DNA Reunion.” The DNA Trail: A Genealogy of Short Plays About Ancestry, Identity,    and Confusions. The Silk Road Theatre Project (Chicago), 2010.





Afterword to M. Butterfly, New York: Plume, 1989, pp. 94-100.

“Are Movies Ready for Orientals?” New York Times, August 11, 1985, p. A1.

“Bringing Up ‘Child,’” in Golden Child, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1998, pp. v-ix.

The ‘Chinglish’ Broadway Journal: Week 1 (Sept. 9, 2011).”  September 9, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Broadway Journal: Week 2 (Sept. 26, 2011).”  September, 26, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Broadway Journal: Week 3  (Oct. 3, 2011).”  October 3, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Broadway Journal: Week 4  (Oct. 10, 2011).”  October 10, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Broadway Journal: Week 5  (Oct. 18, 2011).”  October 18, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Broadway Journal: Week 6  (Oct. 25, 2011).”  October 25, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Broadway Journal: Week 7  (Nov. 1, 2011).”  November 1, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Broadway Journal: Post-Opening (Nov. 21, 2011).”  November 21, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Journal: A New Chapter.” January 29, 2012.

The ‘Chinglish’ Journal: Week 1 (May 23, 2011).”  May 23, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Journal: Week 2 (May 30, 2011).”  May 30, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Journal: Week 3 (June 6, 2011).”  June 6, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Journal: Week 4 (June 13, 2011).”  June 13, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Journal: Week 5 (June 20, 2011).”   June 20, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Journal: Week 6 (June 27, 2011).”  June 27, 2011.

The ‘Chinglish’ Journal: Week 7 (July 4, 2011).”  July 4, 2011.

“Collaborating With Myself,” TheaterWeek, December 9, 1996.

“David Henry Hwang,” in Misha Berson (ed.), Between Worlds: Contemporary Asian-American Plays, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1990, pp. 92-95.

“Evolving a Multicultural Tradition,” MELUS, Vol. 16, No. 3 (1989-90), pp. 16-19.

“Foreword: The Myth of Immutable Culture Identity,” in Brian Nelson (ed.), Asian American Drama: 9 Plays from the Multiethnic Landscape, New York: Applause, 1997, pp. vii-viii.

“Fractures, Large and Small,” American Theatre, December 2009, pp. 62-63.

“In Today’s World, Who Represents the ‘Real’ China?” New York Times, April 1, 2001, pp. A2, A32.

Introduction to FOB and Other Plays, New York: Plume, 1990, pp. x-xv.

Introduction to Flower Drum Song, by C. Y. Lee, New York: Penguin, 2002. pp. xiii-xxi.

Introduction to Flower Drum Song, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2003, pp. ix-xiv.

“Islands in the Mainstream,” The American Theatre Reader, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2009, pp. 123-27.

Kung Fu Journal (January 8, 2014).”  January 8, 2014.

Kung Fu Journal (January 16, 2014).”  January 16, 2014.

Kung Fu Journal (January 23, 2014).”  January 23, 2014.

Kung Fu Journal (January 30, 2014).”  January 30, 2014.

Kung Fu Journal (February 6, 2014).”  February 6, 2014.

Kung Fu Journal (February 15, 2014).”  February 15, 2014.

Kung Fu Journal (February 22, 2014).”  February 22, 2014.

My Worst Career Mistakes: Part One.” March 22, 2010.

My Worst Career Mistakes: Part Two.”  March 31, 2010.

My Worst Career Mistakes: Part Three (My Lunch With Neil),” YOMYOMF.come. April 22, 2010,

“A New Musical by Rodgers and Hwang,” New York Times, October 13, 2002, p. 2:1.

“People Like Us,” Guardian, April 1989, p. 21.

Philip Kan Gotanda,” BOMB 62 (1998), pp. 20-26.

Racial Casting Has Evolved–And So Have My Opinions.” The Guardian, May 12, 2014.

“Response,” in Amy Ling (ed.), Yellow Light: The Flowering of Asian American Arts, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999. pp. 222-7.

“Stranger Than Fiction.” Newsweek 23 & 30 April 2012: 10-11.

“Through the Looking Glass: Leading Asian-American Theatre Artists Reflect on the Past Four    Decades.” American Theatre Jan 2003: 73-85.

Working with Prince.” June 28, 2010.

“Worlds Apart,” American Theatre, January 2000, pp. 50-56.

Hwang, David Henry and Prince, “Solo,” Come, Warner Bros, 1994, compact disc.


List of sources researched by William C. Boles and Esther Kim Lee.