This is an article written by playwright, David Henry Hwang, who was recently stabbed near his home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He's a wonderful, kind and talented man and the randomness of this violence is disheartening.
I helped promote his revival of Flower Drum Song in 2004 when it was on Broadway I was so psyched to see this classic musical come to life. The Roger's and Hammerstein score is glorious and I was jazzed to see all these fantastic Asian American actors performing on stage.
David and his family were often present at events and they were always gracious and positive.
The funniest thing about this revival is that as a college student, David protested Flower Drum Song for being racist. But even as he picketed with friends, he sheepishly admitted he kinda liked the play. I was tickled when I found that out.
It's a sad coincidence that we shot SEE ME SEE YOU on the same street where David got hurt. It's also where my acting class, Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab was. Fort Greene, Brooklyn is a beautiful neighborhood and the people always make eye contact and smile warmly at you. I've often walked down this street (and others) at all times of the day and felt safe.
It doesn't appear that his attacker knew him or targeted him. What is clear is that even though David writes in a factual way, his injuries were potentially life threatening.
I wish DHH and his family well and very grateful for his speedy recovery.