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