World Premiere

Ready, set, fry! It’s time for the annual "Hot Wang Festival" in Memphis, Tennessee, and Cordell Crutchfield knows he has the wings that’ll make him king. Supported by his beau Dwayne and their culinary clique, The New Wing Order, Cordell is marinating and firing up his frying pan in a bid to reclaim the crispy crown. When Dwayne takes in his troubled nephew however, it becomes a recipe for disaster. Suddenly, a first place trophy isn’t the only thing Cordell risks losing. Steve H. Broadnax III will direct this sizzling world premiere from Residency 5 playwright Katori Hall (Hurt Village, Our Lady of Kibeho).

"Flavorful and bitingly funny."
New York Stage Review  

"A delicious new play to be applauded and savored."
Talkin' Broadway 

"An aura of good fellowship floods the stage."
The New York Times  

"I always appreciate seeing work made with love, fire & fiery @KatoriHall Memphis’ playwright laureate #HotWingKingNYC @SignatureTheatr. The cast is on Fiyah!"
@lynnbrooklyn, Lynn Nottage, Residency 1 Playwright  

The Hot Wing King is the recipient of The Edgerton Foundation Award for New Plays.

Katori Hall’s Residency 5 is generously supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and The Michael and Betty Rauch Fund for Residency 5 for their generous support of the Residency 5 program.


 The Noël Coward Foundation logo  Access to The Hot Wing King is generously supported, in part, by The Noël Coward Foundation.

Support for intimacy direction on The Hot Wing King provided in part through funding from Body Autonomy, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) in partnership with the New York Community Trust.
February 11 - March 22, 2020


Nicco Annan

Sheldon Best

Cecil Blutcher

Korey Jackson

Toussaint Jeanlouis

Eric B. Robinson Jr.


Scenic Designer
Michael Carnahan
Costume Designer
Emilio Sosa
Lighting Designer
Alan C. Edwards
Sound Designers
Luqman Brown and Robert Kaplowitz
Production Stage Manager
Laura Smith
Caparelliotis Casting

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