September 24, 2019
Contact: Mary Sturgis
Communications Associate, The Lab
Press Update: The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics in New York:
The Lab Collaborates with New York’s Public Theater on a Public Forum discussion of the hit musical Soft Power.
Washington DC– Performance and politics will come together at New York’s renowned Public
Theater on October 21st when the Lab and the Public Theatre will co-host a Public Forum
discussion of Tony-Award winners David Henry Hwang’s (M. Butterfly) and Jeanie Tesori’s
(Fun Home) ground-breaking production, SOFT POWER. The founding father of soft power,
Harvard political scientist Joseph F. Nye, Jr. (author of Soft Power: The Means to Success in
World Politics), will join playwright David Henry Hwang and Atlantic culture critic Jane Young
Kim for The World Stage conversation moderated by Lab Co-Director Ambassador Cynthia
Hwang and Tesori’s musical deftly weaves between East and west, exemplifies the role of the
arts in questioning current global power structures, and underscores the potential of culture to
inform policy decisions. Told from a Chinese perspective, SOFT POWER explores the role of
America in today’s global society as a theater producer cultivates a relationship with Secretary of
State Hilary Clinton.
According to David Henry Hwang, “QUOTE FROM HWANG.” The show’s well-timed fiction
will catalyze a powerful conversation between Hwang and leading international relations
scholars Nye and Schneider.
Soft Power is presented by the Public Theater in co-production with Center Theatre Group. The
production will run from September 24-November 10th at the Public Theater in New York City.
Public Forum: The World Stage will take place on October 21st at 7 PM at the Public Theater.
Tickets for both the performance and The World Stage Public Forum are available at