NEW YORK — The Emperor’s Nightingale is a brand new off-Broadway play loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story, The Nightingale.
Set in 18th-century China – this play is about two teenage royal brothers trying to prove their worth as their father — the emperor’s successor.
One of them discovers the Nightingale – a magical singing bird who knows everything. But the question is, can one really learn how to become king from a magical bird?
The Nightingale is played by Fil-Am stage actress Leanne Cabrera. The play was written by Filipino-Chinese American playwright Damon Chua.
The play delves into leadership and the morality of leaders.
“It was first performed two and a half years ago, and that time there was no such thing as collusion was not a big thing, fake news wasn’t a big thing, leadership, the nature of leadership was not a big thing — but now it seems to be even more relevant than ever, so I’m glad that whatever issues I was grappling with become more relevant,” said Chua.
Chua says this play is also about Asian-American representation on stage, on and off-Broadway.