The Stories Beyond the Songs, inspired by SOFT POWER. Illustration by Jon Adams.

The stories beyond the songs

Local novelist Vanessa Hua revisits her family’s favorite musicals (and her father’s singing), and looks back at how David Henry Hwang emboldened her to tell her own stories

June 6, 2018

Jack Huang shares his experiences as a student in the US.


At the Asian Art Museum through July 1, local artist Eliza Gregory is presenting Testimony—a project in which she invites Bay Area residents to share their personal stories as immigrants, and investigates the many layers of meaning within their experiences.

June 6, 2018

Jeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang talk about SOFT POWER at Curran. Photo by Leanne Koh.

Leanna Koh

A recipe for Soft Power

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori sat down with Stephen Gong to discuss the origins of their newest show, how to write a great song, and making art out of crisis.

June 5, 2018

Show Interrupted (by Life) - SOFT POWER at Curran

Show, Interrupted (by Life)

Reflections of the creation of SOFT POWER, and the journey along the way. An essay by David Henry Hwang.

June 5, 2018

Photo courtesy of The Go-Go's

Courtesy of The Go-Go's

Different Girls

Author and critic Jessica Hopper traces The Go-Go’s stereotype-shattering journey from Beauty and the Beat to Broadway and beyond.

March 22, 2018

Little Fang Photography

Star Stories: Be a part of the constellation

In celebration of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new musical BRIGHT STAR, Curran has commissioned local artists to create a city-wide "If you knew my story" art exhibition. From the Mission to the Tenderloin, to Union Square - check out the stars of our city - and add your story!

November 30, 2017

Banjos on Broadway?

Carl Wilson unpacks the complicated past of a quintessentially American entertainment

November 15, 2017

If you knew my story: Youth Speaks

Based in the Mission District, Youth Speaks has been championing the Bay Area’s young writers for more than twenty years.

November 15, 2017

The Z Axis

San Francisco novelist Glen David Gold demonstrates how a storyteller can build a world from a newspaper clipping.

November 15, 2017

If you knew my story: Tales from UCSF art therapy students

Our collaboration with Neiman Marcus Union Square allows us to showcase the talent and stories of children in the UCSF art therapy program.

November 7, 2017