single tickets
date tba

soft pow • er (noun)

a persuasive approach to international relations, typically involving the use of cultural influence.

A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of America’s great theatre artists: Tony Award® winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Flower Drum Song) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). SOFT POWER rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens: a future, beloved East-meets-West musical.

A Chinese executive in 2016 America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader, as the power balance between their two countries starts to shift and a new world order arrives. As original as it is topical, SOFT POWER overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the golden age of Broadway. Hwang and Tesori have created one of the most eagerly anticipated new works of the year.

SOFT POWER is produced by Center Theatre Group in association with the Curran. SOFT POWER comes to the Curran following its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

Tickets to SOFT POWER are currently only available as part of #CURRAN2018, our brand new Four-Show Subscription series. To purchase a subscription, visit the SUBSCRIPTION web page or call our guest services team at 415-358-1220.

“There is a rare kind of electricity that only happens around bonafide geniuses in close collaboration. You don’t want to miss it.” -Carole Shorenstein Hays



Leigh Silverman
David Henry Hwang
Play and Lyrics
Jeanine Tesori
Music and Additional Lyrics
Sam Pinkleton

Leigh Silverman

David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang's work includes Pulitzer Prize finalist “Yellow Face” his Tony-nominated revival of “Flower Drum Song,” the plays “M. Butterfly,” “Chinglish,” “Kung Fu,” “Golden Child,” “The Dance and the Railroad” and “FOB,” and the Broadway musicals “Aida” (co-author) and Disney’s “Tarzan.” He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist, and a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair.” Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hwang is a Tony Award winner (“M. Butterfly”) and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Recent honors include the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Award. He is Chair of the American Theatre Wing and sits on the boards of Young Playwrights Inc. and the Lark Play Development Center. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre, and currently serves as head of playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. In 1998, East West Players named its new mainstage The David Henry Hwang Theatre.

Jeanine Tesori

Jeanine Tesori’s Broadway credits include “Fun Home,” “Violet,” “Caroline, or Change,” “Shrek The Musical,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Twelfth Night” (Lincoln Center Theater) and John Guare’s “A Free Man of Color.” Tesori also collaborated with Tony Kushner on “Mother Courage” starring Meryl Streep at the Delacorte. Her opera credits include “A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck” (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass) and “The Lion, the Unicorn and Me” (libretto, J. D. McClatchy; Washington National Opera). Her songs are featured in the Netflix revival of “Gilmore Girls.” She is the artistic director/co-founder of A Broader Way, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center; and a lecturer in music at Yale University and Columbia University. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Sam Pinkleton

Sam Pinkleton (Choreographer) is a director and choreographer who most recently directed Runaways for New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center, where he serves as Artistic Associate. Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; Heisenberg; Machinal; Significant Other (Upcoming). Off-Broadway: Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play and Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons); Pretty Filthy (The Civilians); Rimbaud in New York (BAM); Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep) and shows with Actors Theatre of Louisville, TFANA, Kansas City Rep, Theatreworks USA, and McCarter Theatre. Sam is a collaborating artist with The Civilians, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and The Dance Cartel.