Wong, BD (1962- )

The BD Wong collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, professional material, printed material, film and video, audio material, photographs, and artwork.

Manuscripts in the collection include various scripts from stage plays, teleplays, screenplays, speeches, and articles, among other materials. Stage plays include M. Butterfly (1987-1988); A Language of Their Own (1994); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1998); Shanghai Moon (2002); Chinese Hell (2003); Pacific Overtures (2004-2005); Herringbone (2012); a draft of the musical script for The Post Office (2014). Teleplays in the collection include “X-Files: Hell Money (1995),” “Oz: Episode 2, Napoleon’s Boney Parts (1999),” “Law and Order: SVU: Brotherhood (2003),” and mini-scripts from Awake (2012) Episodes 101-112, among others. Screenplays in the collection include Mulan (1995), which features script fragments and correspondence to Wong from Walt Disney Studios, White Frog (2011), and Jurassic World (2014), which includes mini-scripts with holograph notes, among other films.

Speeches by B.D. Wong in the collection include drafts from show events, delivered at various universities and conferences. These include “Ten Little Asians,” a short story by Wong, “My Colourful world of Show;” “Dream, Believe, Dare, Do,” and his “Acceptance Speech” regarding the Davidson/Valenti Award at the 2003 GLAAD Media Awards, among others. Other writings by Wong include “B.D. Wong: Actor, New York City,” a 17-page autobiographical essay, and the article “B.D. Wong: An Author’s Note on Structure.”

Correspondence in the collection consists of various personal and professional letters and emails dating from 1979 through 2014. The collection includes post cards, fan mail, letters from cast mates, and various invitations and thank-you notes from charities. Notable correspondents include Carol Burnett, Frank Langella, Jill Larson, Paul Newman, and Steven Spielberg, among others.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes numerous awards, such as Wong’s Diploma from Abraham Lincoln High School, a Drama Desk Award for M. Butterfly, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and a nomination for the Antoinette Perry Award. The collection also features certificates of excellence, plaques, posters, and ribbons. Other memorabilia includes a citation from the city of Los Angeles regarding the Miss Saigon controversy, a “Mulan Reflections” yearbook, and the “Chinese New Year Parade Marshall” Award, among other items.

Professional material in the collection includes a wide array of items, such as audition material, business cards, notes, lectures, files, press packets, resumes, schedules, and itineraries, among other items. The collection also contains call sheets, casting sheets, shooting schedules, and rehearsal schedules for productions of Social Grace, Pacific Overtures, Peter Pan, and Wailin’ on Pop, among other titles.

Printed material in the collection includes programs for productions, newsletters, advertisements, catalogs, newspapers, and magazines, among others. The programs in the collection pertain to theatre productions, television, and films Wong participated in, as well as conferences and award ceremonies he attended. Magazine articles in the collection featuring Wong include American Theatre, Dallas Voice, People, and Next, as well as clippings from the newspapers such as The Washington Post, among others.

Film and video material in the collection includes DVD’s of Marco Polo, Social Grace (2004), and For Your Consideration (2012) in addition to VHS tapes of Social Grace, “Call Backs (2004),” and “Director’s Sessions (2004),” among other tapes.

Audio material in the collection includes CD’s for Herringbone; “Bangkok 8 (2003);” and “The Art of Happiness at Work (2003).” The audio material is also comprised of cassette recordings of  Wong that include “The Art of War (1996),” “Moo (1995),” “Ethics for the New Millennium (1999),” and “Stone Fox and Top Secret (2003),” among others.

Photographs in the collection include files, prints, and negatives from the production Herringbone, Wong at the White House State Dinner in 2011, Wong on the set of White Frog, and black and white headshots circa 1981-1991, among others. Notable persons appearing in these photos include Wong’s mother, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Kwan, Former President Barack Obama, and Former First Lady Michelle Obama. The collection also contains select sketches by B.D. Wong and other artists.

Notable Figures
1. Wong, B D
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. LGBT Subject Guide