"The claiming of a political identity, such as Asian American, queer, woman of color, can be both subversive of the dominant and dangerous, even life-threatening for those who make those claims. Yet, critically important as these articulations can be, Angela Davis (1996) reminds us that it is not enough simply to inhabit an identity, no matter how contestatory. Rather, these political subjectives should be mobilized in way that enable us to work in alliance for social transformation"
Dorinne Kondo, About Face - Performing Race in Fashion and Theatre
The heartbreaking moment when you go on the Ryanair website and it is preset to Dusseldorf Weeze.
"The play is to some degree about the nature of seduction – in the sense that we seduce ourselves. Sometimes when you have the desire to fall in love or you desire to have someone to be some kind of ideal, you can make that person ideal in your own mind whether or not the actual facts correspond to the reality. I think that it’s often true in a smaller, less extreme sense that we get involved with people and then decide to blind ourselves to their faults so that they can be the perfect love that we’ve always wanted. And on some level we’re aware that that is not the case. But we prefer the fantasy over the reality."
David Henry Hwang, re: M. Butterfly
"I suppose the most gratifying thing for me is that we had never compromised to be more “Broadway;” we simply did the work we thought best."
David Henry Hwang on M. Butterfly's commercial success