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Award-winning actor BD Wong is one of America’s most versatile performers. BD has been on screens big and small for the last 20 years, appearing in such hits as Law & Order: SVU, Oz, Mr. Robot, Gotham, Jurassic Park, and Jurassic World.
His Broadway debut in M. Butterfly earned him a Tony Award, Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Theatre World Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Drama Desk Award, making him the only actor to ever win all five major New York theater awards for a single role.
With over 20 film credits, BD’s notable appearances include Father of the Bride I & II, Seven Years in Tibet, Disney’s Mulan, and the HBO adaptation of The Normal Heart. In addition to off-Broadway and regional theater work, he starred in the widely celebrated Broadway revival of the musical You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures.
His experiences in an industry fraught with rejection, typecasting, and racism have given him a sharp perspective on the subject of diversity. Lauded for his resonant and inspirational messages, he addresses issues like racial self-image, Asian-American parental pressure and the “model-minority myth,” and the challenges of multiple identities.
BD’s memoir, Following Foo: The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man, recounts the highs and lows that BD and his former partner endured on the road to parenthood, and the difficult days following the premature birth of his twin boys via surrogate mother. The White House invited BD to participate in a conversation on fatherhood and male mentorship.
Winner of the GLAAD Davidson/Valenti award, BD is an advocate for The Trevor Project's “It Gets Better” campaign and was honored for his support of the LGBT community at the annual Marriage Equality Gala. BD is on the Board of Directors of Rosie’s Kids, an organization that provides free performing arts classes to public school students.
BD has headlined productions of the ambitious one-man musical Herringbone – in which he plays nearly a dozen characters — at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. He co-authored and directed the musical adaptation of Mr. Holland’s Opus, based on the screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan, at the Ogunquit Playhouse in 2016. Wong produced and directed The Yellow Wood for NYMF and Cindy Cheung’s Speak Up For Connie for the All For One festival. He is currently developing the new musical, Heading East.
An Evening with BD Wong: From M. Butterfly to Jurassic World
All the World's a Stage: From Exclusion to Inclusion
The lessons BD Wong has learned in order to survive and excel in a vocation fraught with rejection, stereotyping and racism have given him a keen perspective on the subject of diversity and forced him to empower himself. In this presentation, infused with humor, storytelling and the passion of a world class artist, BD addresses the issues of racial self-image, race-based rejection, Asian-American parental pressure and the “model minority myth,” and he describes his journey as a gay man in the entertainment industry. Retracing his path from adolescent racial self-hatred to eventual self-acceptance, from struggling with inequity to breaking down barriers in his personal and professional lives and embracing his multiple identities, including fatherhood, BD reveals the man behind the roles.
An Actor's Journey, An Artist's Vision
Award-winning actor BD Wong takes audiences on an adventure through his life and career, highlighting the lessons he’s learned along the way. This special program, illustrated with photos and video, is inspired by Herringbone, the one-man show that BD performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse.
Program #1 – Runs 60 – 70 minutes, including 45 minutes of BD discussing his life and experiences plus audience Q&A. He opens and closes the program with a song.
Program #2 – A 90-minute hybrid presentation of storytelling and lecture about BD’s personal journey, complemented by singing throughout (with piano accompaniment) and concluding with a Q&A session.