Soft Power

Soft Power

The Public Theater kicks off its 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season with the New York premiere of Soft Power, featuring a book and lyrics by David Henry Hwang, music and additional lyrics by Jeanine Tesori and directed by Leigh Silverman.

Soft Power is a co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group.

Performances are staged in the Public's Newman Theater.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
2hrs 15mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Soft Power:

Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori bring their groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play to The Public for its New York premiere. One of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, Soft Power is an exploration of America's current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China's point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all—why do we love democracy? And should we?

Book & Lyrics by David Henry Hwang and Music & Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
The Public Theater and Center Theatre Group
Leigh Silverman
Mark Barton
Kai Harada
Clint Ramos
Sam Pinkleton
Anita Yavich
Cast list:
Kendyl Ito (as Jing), Francis Jue (as DHH), Austin Ku (as Bobby Bob), Raymond J. Lee (as Randy Ray/VEEP), Alyse Alan Louis (as Zoe/Hillary), Jaygee Macapugay (as Campaign Manager), Conrad Ricamora (as Xue Xing), with Billy Bustamante, Jon Hoche, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei, Geena Quintos, Trevor Salter, Kyra Smith, Emily Stillings, Emily Trumble, and John Yi
Other info:
Orchestrations by Danny Troob, Additional Orchestrations by Larry Hochman & John Clancy, Music Direction & Supervision by Chris Fenwick, Dance Arrangements by John Clancy, Sound Effects Design by Bart Fasbender, Video Design by Bryce Cutler, Hair, Wig & Makeup Design by Tom Watson, Special Effects by Lillis Meeh, and Music Contracting by Antoine Silverman
Soft Power Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
September 24, 2019
Opening date: 
October 15, 2019
November 17, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Public Theater

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Nearest subway station:
Astor Place Station

Our Soft Power Review

One feels fortunate to be alive in a time where artists from marginalized demographics are getting a long overdue platform to stage boldly authentic and incisive works, made by and for themselves. Recent shows like Slave Play and A Strange Loop have also demonstrated their economic viability. With Soft Power, currently running at the Public Theater, it feels like Asian artists are finally... Read more