Cole Horibe ("So You Think You Can Dance") will play the role of Bruce Lee in the World Premiere of David Henry Hwang's new play "Kung Fu," directed by Leigh Silverman and presented by Signature Theater.
The stage production runs February 4-March 16, 2014 with a February 24, 2014 opening night in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York.
David Henry Hwang said of Cole Horibe's casting: "Obviously, a huge challenge inherent in Kung Fu was finding an actor who could credibly portray martial arts icon Bruce Lee. It was my wife, Kathryn, who first saw Cole on "So You Think You Can Dance." Knowing I was writing this show, she excitedly called me over. Cole's electrifying martial arts and dance performances immediately riveted me. He shared Bruce's charisma and even resembled him physically. Later, in his auditions for Kung Fu, he brought the same raw talent to his acting that he'd shown so brilliantly in his dance. We feel incredibly blessed to have found in Cole a star who can bring a legend to life."
Described as an exhilarating portrait of international icon Bruce Lee's journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend, "Kung Fu" will blend dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a bold new theatrical form.
This World Premiere production follows Lee in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father, and a man and will reunite Horibe with "So You Think You Can Dance"'s Emmy Award-nominated Sonya Tayeh, who is providing choreography for the production.
The creative team also includes Dou Dou Huang (Specialty Choreography), David Zinn (Scenic Design), Anita Yavich(Costume Design), Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Darrel Maloney (Projection Design), Du Yun (Composer), Deborah Hecht (Vocal and Dialect Coach), and Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith (Cultural Consultants).David H. Lurie is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Telsey + Company.
Tickets are currently for sale online. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions, call the Signature Theatre Box Office (212-244-7529) or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.