Cole Horibe ("So You Think You Can Dance") will play the role of Bruce Lee in the world premiere of David Henry Hwang's new play Kung Fu.
Directed by Leigh Silverman, the production will begin Feb. 4, 2014, prior to an official opening Feb. 24 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Kung Fu will continue through March 16.
"An exhilarating portrait of international icon Bruce Lee's journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend, Kung Fu blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a bold new theatrical form. This World Premiere production follows Lee in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father and a man," press notes state.
"Obviously, a huge challenge inherent in Kung Fu was finding an actor who could credibly portray martial arts icon Bruce Lee. It was my wife, Kathryn, who first saw Cole on 'So You Think You Can Dance.' Knowing I was writing this show, she excitedly called me over," playwright David Henry Hwang said in a statement. "Cole's electrifying martial arts and dance performances immediately riveted me. He shared Bruce's charisma and even resembled him physically. Later, in his auditions for Kung Fu, he brought the same raw talent to his acting that he'd shown so brilliantly in his dance. We feel incredibly blessed to have found in Cole a star who can bring a legend to life."
The creative team of Kung Fu includes Dou Dou Huang (specialty choreography), Sonya Tayeh (choreography), David Zinn (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design), Darrel Maloney (projection design), Du Yun (composer), Deborah Hecht (vocal and dialect coach) and Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith (cultural consultants). David H. Lurie is the production stage manager, and casting is by Telsey + Company.
The 2013-14 season at Signature Theatre consists entirely of plays receiving world or New York-premiere productions.
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