With its world premiere at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, playwright Lloyd Suh's American Hwangap tells the story of Min Suk Chun, who some 15 years earlier left his family in a West Texas suburb to return to his native Korea. On the occasion of his 60th birthday, a milestone signifying the completion of the Eastern Zodiac and a type of rebirth called Hwangap, he returns to his ex-wife and now adult children as they struggle to reconcile their broken past with the exasperating patriarch now back at the head of the table.
Along with American Hwangap, playwright Lloyd Suh is the author of Charles Francis Chan Jr's Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story and others. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theater magazine. He is an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He currently serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and, since 2011, has served as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark, an international theater laboratory, based in New York City.
"Lovingly drawn from the very first line … a delight to watch" –The New York Times (Critic's Pick)
"[A] touching family drama." -Variety
"As refreshingly original in its point of view as in its quirky humor and affecting relationships." -The San Francisco Gate
The current climate of the world requires the return of a great hero to help sweep out the evils of society. It's time for the return of Queen Latina and her Power Posse!
LAByrinth Theater Company Members in conjunction with Cherry Lane Theatre Late Nite are presenting Queen Latina and her Power Posse: the Reboot! Kicking off this episodic theatrical series on November 7th, at 9pm at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014). Queen Latina is off to brand new adventures with her love gun...and a little help from her friends.
Analisa Lalaloca is a grad student at Columbia University. While researching Queen Latina for a "Contemporary Feminist Icons" research paper, Analisa grows fascinated by this Latina super hero. Analisa cyber stalks Queen Latina and discovers her true identity: Liza Colonia. After learning of Liza Colonia's final adventure which led to the death of Demi-Goddess Shayzee (also Liza's mentor), Analisa makes contact with Queen Latina. Liza Colonia is now teaching high school full time; no longer writing books or fighting crime. The former super hero is guilt ridden about Shayzee. Liza see's a lot of herself in Analisa so she bestows her with the love gun and inspiration to take on the title of the new Queen Latina.
Developing Artists is a big part of what I do and who I am...
"While the journey may follow a long and winding path, the beautiful performances by Jinn S. Kim and Christine Albright anchor Ruhl's play in a most humane fashion."
- George Heymont, My Cultural Landscape
"Her male colleagues are all noteworthy, especially Kim as the kindly, insightful Lama."
- Judy Richter, fall all Events
"...a Lama (Jinn S. Kim in a graceful, believable performance)"
- Mark Rudio, A Beast In A Jungle
"Jinn S. Kim as the kindly lama and Wayne Lee as the beamish monk are excellent in their roles. "
- Richard Connema, Talkin’ Broadway San Francisco
"...Jinn S. Kim’s almost preternaturally gentle, patient Lama."
"...Albright’s conversion scene with Kim is one of the play’s sparely poetic, blithely rendered highlights."
- Robert Hurwitt, The San Francisco Chronicle
"Jinn S. Kim as the Lama brings to his role a calming, pleasant, totally respectful manner that does not hide his deep determination..."
"And a side conversation between the Mother and the Lama about their own mothers and former teachers could be a worthy piece unto itself apart from the rest of the play."
- Eddie Reynolds, Theatre Eddys
" Jinn S. Kim exudes warmth and wisdom, curiosity and good humor as the lama who comes in search of his reincarnated teacher."
- Sam Hurwitt, Marin Independent Journal
"The quiet under-playing of the Monks (Wayne Lee and Jinn S. Kim) add verisimilitude to the evening…"
- Kendar Adour, fall all Events