The Off-Broadway premiere of Soft Power, the new musical-within-a-play co-written by Tony winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, has extended its run at The Public Theater a second time. The limited run will play an additional week, now through November 17. Performances began September 24 before an October 15 opening.
Soft Power, directed by Leigh Silverman with choreography by Sam Pinkleton, rewinds recent political history and plays it back, a century later, through the Chinese lens of a future, East-meets-West musical.
Reprising their roles from earlier West Coast productions are Conrad Ricamora as Xue Xing, Francis Jue as DHH, Billy Bustamante as the Xue Xing Standby, Kendyl Ito as Jing/Ensemble, Austin Ku as Bobby Bob, Raymond J. Lee as Randy Ray/VEEP/Ensemble, Alyse Alan Louis as Zoe/Hillary, Jaygee Macapugay as Campaign Manager/Ensemble, Daniel May as Ensemble, Paul HeeSang Miller as Ensemble, Geena Quintos as Ensemble, Trevor Salter as Ensemble, and Emily Stillings as Female Swing. Kyra Smith (Ensemble), Emily Trumble (Zoe/Hillary Understudy), and John Yi (Male Swing) will also be a part of the cast.