‘M. Butterfly’ playwright David Henry Hwang slashed in neck near Brooklyn home

NY Daily News: (by Andy Mai, Greg B. Smith, Joe Smith, Joe Dziemianowicz, Josepht Stepansky)

A Tony award-winning playwright was slashed in the neck in an apparently random attack near his Brooklyn home, police said Wednesday.

David Henry Hwang, who brought home the trophy for his 1988 play “M. Butterfly,” was walking on S. Oxford Ave. near Lafayette Ave. in Fort Greene when an unknown attacker slashed his neck, police said.

The 57-year-old writer told police he felt pain and then noticed he was bleeding before walking to a hospital. He was treated and released.

Thanks to the excellent work of the doctors at Brooklyn Hospital and Mount Sinai, I’m now home and expected to make a full recovery,” Hwanh told the Daily News.

The attacker was at large.

A woman who answered the door at Hwang’s home Wednesday night said the prolific scribe is “doing fine.”

Hwang could be seen behind her wearing a bandage that stretched around his neck.

Currently a professor at Columbia University, Hwang’s works have predominantly explored themes related to his Asian-American heritage.

His 2011 work “Chinglish” was written in both English and Mandarin, with accompanying subtitles.

The Broadway aficionado’s most famous piece, “M. Butterfly,” for which he was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, told the true story of French diplomat who had an affair with a woman who sang in the Beijing Opera.

The protagonist later discovers the singer is actually a Chinese spy — and a man.

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