I think their name is Wong, actually." Across the street is Sunset Elementary School, which used to be Mark Twain Elementary, and next to it A. The Pacific is nine blocks away, down a gentle slope, and the ocean view from 40th Avenue on this mild afternoon is glorious. Suddenly he takes off, as if heeding a memory trigger, and walks rapidly to a fence enclosing a large athletic field. "That was the beach that I never went to," Wong admits. "There used to be a giant sand dune here," he says. When she first saw him onstage at Lincoln High, "I thought, 'Oh, I didn't know he could do that!And not be afraid to be up there.' " Wong's father, a longtime Postal Service employee, died in 2005.Strange conducts human experiments for the secret Wayne Enterprises program.
"The Orphan of Zhao," which begins previews Wednesday and opens June 11 at A. T., is a new adaptation of a classic Chinese legend. Wong will perform it four weeks here and another four weeks at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego County."And now I think, 'How odd to live so close to the beach and not appreciate it.' But it was always cold." Wong gets out of the car and enters the playground separating Sunset Elementary from A. "All the Sunset District had been sand at one time, but there was this one hilly section that was undeveloped." He's excited, but puzzled. He's been gone so long and the perspective is off: "When you're a kid, you remember things in a distorted way when it comes to space and time. The only thing I don't like about it is that my son's not here. Butterfly"; of ushering at the Golden Gate Theatre and making cookies at Mrs.Fields at Pine and Kearny; of coming to terms with being gay and realizing it wasn't an impediment to an acting career; of writing "Following Foo: The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man," a book about the precarious, premature birth of his now-14-year-old son, Jackson.