Tony Award-Winning Actor B.D. Wong to Speak At Boston University
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Boston – The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University will host an evening with Tony Award-winning actor B.D. Wong beginning at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, May 1. An accomplished theatre, film and television actor, as well as an author, Wong will speak about his life and career. In addition to Wong’s address, the evening includes a reception, an opportunity to view the exhibition of his recently established archive and recognition of the winners of the Lawrence G. Blackmon Student Book Collecting Contest.
Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time: 5:30 PM reception, 6:00 PM program
Location: Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free to Friends of the Library members and BU students, $25 per person for the public
Contact: For tickets/more information, call 617-353-1218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A multi-talented actor, B.D. Wong has been recognized for his performances in theatre productions as well as on the big and small screens, both in comedies and dramas. In 1988, Wong’s career took off as he made his Broadway debut starring in the celebrated M. Butterfly, for which he gained national critical acclaim. He went on to win a Tony Award, a Theatre World Award, an Outer Critic’s Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his performance, making him the only actor to win all five of these awards for a single role. His most recent Broadway endeavor was in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Pacific Overtures.
Showcasing his range and appeal, Wong has also appeared in a versatile array of popular films such as Father of the Bride (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Seven Years in Tibet (1997), and Disney’s Mulan (1998). Additionally, he has a significant presence on television, appearing in the HBO film, And the Band Played On (1993), based on the AIDS chronicle by Randy Shilts, as well as playing recurring characters on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, the HBO series Oz and the sitcom, All-American Girl, in which he co-starred as a member of television’s first Asian-American family. He is currently working on a mini-series, The Discovery of the World, about the life of Marco Polo.
In 2003, Wong took on the additional role of author, writing a book titled Following Foo: The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man, which documented the premature birth of his son Jackson.
The archive of B.D. Wong is a recent addition to the illustrious roster of the more than 2,000 notable figures whose papers are collected at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. An exhibition profiling his life and work, including materials related to M. Butterfly will be featured at the event in Metcalf Hall. The following day, the exhibition will be open for public viewing on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library (771 Commonwealth Avenue), where it will be on display during regular library hours through the summer.
The evening is being dedicated in memory of Jean Rudnick. As former president and long-standing board member of the Friends of the Libraries, Rudnick was an ardent supporter of the mission of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, an admirer of the acting craft, as well as a great lover of the world of theatre.
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, email email@example.com, call 617-353-3696 or visit www.bu.edu/archives.