(Courtesy BD Wong)

Actor BD Wong is a familiar face on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and came to prominence with his award-winning Broadway debut in “M. Butterfly.” A San Francisco native, he joins us to talk about his current role in a modern adaptation of the 13th-century play “The Orphan of Zhao” at the American Conservatory Theater. In the play, a country doctor faces the heartbreaking choice of whether to save the emperor’s grandson or sacrifice his own child.

Guests:
BD Wong, Tony Award-winning actor currently starring in the A.C.T. production of "The Orphan of Zhao"

  • thucy

    I hope Mr. Wong was paid richly for his participation in the “Law and Order” franchise.
    The barely watchable franchise has, over decades, perpetuated the myth of functional, non-racist police and prosecutorial teams, where DNA evidence is never bungled, innocent people are never imprisoned for life – and the fact that the US has the largest per capita prison population, which it uses as the basis for a groaning industrial complex that is bleeding money out of schools is NEVER brought up.

    What did you buy, Mr. Wong, with your dirty money from Dick Wolf’s “Law and Order”? And why should we support your other projects when you remain silent on the truth? Anyone who wants a real show about police procedurals? Watch “The Wire” – it asks difficult questions not just about the role of urban police units and which business interests they serve, but our own responsibility to demand accountability.

    • BD WONG

      Thank you so much for this lovely post. It’s so nice to hear from the fans about how much they love the show. So glad you could appreciate the nuances of the show, particularly as a work of fiction. Thanks for your support! Come see THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO at A.C.T., it is also great entertainment and dramatic fiction, just like Law & Order. You sound like fun. Love, BDW

      • thucy

        Thanks for your response, BD. But you neither answered the question of what you bought with the dirty money you made off of “Law and Order”, nor did you address the reality that the show is largely propaganda for a prison- industrial complex that has resulted in the largest per capita prison population in the world. Larger than Russia. Larger than China. The US prison population is made up largely of minorities and the poor, who are made unfair targets by the police, and subsequently the court system.
        It seems to me, BD, that you are being intellectually and morally dishonest in your sarcastic response. And while you may see yourself as a trailblazer for two particular minority groups, your participation in Law and Order raises some deeper questions about your own values, and your willingness to dehumanize other minority groups.
        These are fair questions to ask of any public figure who posits himself as a trailblazer. Why not answer them?

  • disqus_63X8zNMKNl

    I first saw B.D. Wong in New York, in “M Butterfly,” and became an instant admirer. I have to admit that I believed in Mr Wong’s being female until the very end (though his voice seemed a bit unusual for a woman), and was amazed at the ending when Madame Butterfly was revealed as B.D. Wong. In my opinion, Mr Wong is a wonderful, talented actor and an intelligent, lovely person and I look forward to seeing him here in San Francisco. As for the so-called “dirty money” he earned, according to the previous comment, if we were to insist that no actor ever act in a television series that fails to represent Real Life, TV would have to shut down (no bad thing, perhaps). But as actors I’ve known, fine actors, a role in a television series means they can earn a steady living, and can have more options for their career: they don’t have to accept movie roles they don’t admire just in order to live; they can produce films; they can become directors; they can do things that their acting talent allows them to do when they don’t have to worry about their next paycheck.
    If you want to talk about ridiculous, non-lifelike TV programs, take a look at “House.” Hugh Laurie is a wonderful actor and a smart, talented man. But is there anything more ridiculous than the premise of that program?
    B.D. Wong is an accomplished person, and works to eliminate racialism, if that’s not to too strong a term, in the theater. He should be admired, not excoriated.

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