B.D. Wong Does it All in 'Herringbone'

August 27, 2008

The show is described as: "A ghost story with a vaudeville twist. A musical with a dash of murder. A one-man tour de force. When 8-year-old George discovers his gift for tap-dancing, everyone wants a piece of him. As the adults around him exploit his talents, George finds himself in a profound supernatural struggle for control over body and soul."

The setting of the play is the Depression-era American South, meaning Wong sings and dances his way through 11 different characters that weren't written as Asian Americans. Hopefully, his performance will help put a dent into the typecasting of AA actors in theater. Because you can only hold out for a part in "Miss Saigon" for so long...

Check out some of B.D.'s blogs from the McCarter website.


Sylvie Kim

contributing editor & blogger

Sylvie Kim is a contributing editor at Hyphen. She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

She writes about gender, race, class and privilege in pop culture and media (fun fun fun!) at www.sylvie-kim.com and at SF Weekly's The Exhibitionist blog. Her work has also appeared on Racialicious and Salon.