According to Time Magazine, Chinese-American playwright David Henry Hwang, “has the potential to become the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller, and maybe the best of them all.”

Hwang has been described by the New York Times as “a true original” is best known as the author of M. Butterfly. That enduring 1988 work, which won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

During a public lecture, Wednesday, Feb. 12, Hwang will share his experiences as America’s most-produced living opera librettist and his other professional accolades, including Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and Golden Globe awards.

The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Brunner Theatre Main Stage on the campus of Augustana College, Rock Island. A book signing of Hwang’s works will follow. Copies will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available through the Augustana ticket office at 309-794-7306, or at the door.

The 2019-2020 Visiting Artist Series brings 14 artists and ensembles, including a hip-hop dance ensemble, an electronic music producer, a Mexican folk-rock group, and string quartets, to visit the Quad Cities region from September 2019 through April 2020.  For more information on these artists and details of their performances, visit


About the Visiting Artist Series 

Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts.

Quad City Arts receives significant support for the Visiting Artist Series from Regional Development Authority, Iowa Arts Council, Scott County Regional Authority, National Endowment of the Arts, Arts Midwest Touring Fund, Rock Island Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, Doris & Victor Day Foundation, US Bank Foundation, Melvin McKay Trust, Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Trust, Moline Rotary, Rauch Family Foundation I, Quad City Arts PASS and Festival of Trees.

Performance space is provided by Bucktown Revue show at Nighswander Junior Theatre in Davenport, the Bettendorf Performing Arts Center, Trinity Anglican Church in Rock Island, the Central DeWitt Performing Arts Center, First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, St. Ambrose University, River Music Experience, Augustana College, the Butterworth Center, the Putnam Museum, and United Township High School.

Additional support comes from service fees paid by school districts, Parent Teacher Associations, service clubs, and businesses.


Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.