Translation Adaptation Cover Artwork: Dried vegetation - such as bark, roots, and seeds - partly framed on a wall.
Henry Ong: On Translations and Adaptations
Henry Ong. Photo by Lorely Trinidad-Ontal.
Henry Ong. Photo by Lorely Trinidad-Ontal.

Whether I choose to adapt a particular work or undertake a commission depends on how I react to the source material. It has to excite me, and I have to know that it is something I can sink my teeth into; otherwise, why adapt? To illustrate, I will discuss two specific adaptations.

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Henry Ong
Henry Ong

’s (1949-2018) Sweet Karma opened at Grove Theatre Center, Burbank, California in 2013. Other credits include Fabric (Company of Angels), Legend of the White Snake (Eagle Rock Center for the Arts), People Like Me (Playwrights’ Arena), and Madame Mao’s Memories (Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, et. al).