Untitled Play About Institutional Racism in the Nonprofit Industrial Complex – Staged Reading

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Up next is a staged reading of my play Untitled Play About Institutional Racism in the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. I have extended this play from a 30-minute version into a full-length play.

SYNOPSIS: Does anyone know anyone on the funding committee? Who wants to participate in the office weight-loss challenge? Where are we supposed to print now that the copy room is for mothers to pump? Are there enough people of color in the brochure stock photography? And who keeps eating Antonio’s organic goat yogurt he has to buy on the other side town? These questions and more pepper this delightful, disheartening satire of non-profit life.

Dramaturged by Rachel Wolfe

Directed by Sara Porkalob

 

DETAILS

(Currently sold out but there’s a waitlist!)

Date: Sun, December 16, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST

LOCATION

Common Area Maintenance

2125 2nd Avenue

Seattle, WA 98121

MEDIA

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Summoning Frankie at Seattle Public Theater’s Education Program

SUMMONING FRANKIE poster
Summoning Frankie Poster designed by Julia Nardin

Directed by Ana Maria Campoy

August 10-11

Frankie’s wizarding life has been completely mapped out. Attend the Mould Applemurg Academy, an underfunded public wizarding school in North America, and follow their parents’ picture-perfect plan. However, when a dark presence in the form of a malicious Education Minister threatens to take away all the school’s funding, Frankie and their friends of misfits must finally face their fears to discover that destiny and magic have a way to lead you to surprising destinations.

This play was developed with support from The Umbrella Project’s Writers Group.

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Persimmon Nights at Cafe Nordo

Cast of Persimmon Nights. Photo by Dangerpants Photography

Description:

Sara Porkalob (Madame Dragon) returns to Nordo to direct and star in the premiere of playwright Seayoung Yim’s sultry tale. Set during the first large scale wave of Asian American Immigration in The Persimmon Grove, a lurid nightclub, a brash young Korean immigrant rises to great heights in his ethnic enclave while balancing two lovers and many debts in the 1960s/70s. At the top of his game, he risks it all. Persimmon nights features pungent Korean food and the all-girl pop duo The Kimchi Kittens.

Photo by John Cornicello

Starring:

Sara Porkalob
Mara Elissa Palma
Ray Tagavilla
Melissa Maañao
Annie Yim

Production Team:

Playwright: Seayoung Yim
Director: Sara Porkalob
Asst. Director: Josh Kenji
Food Designer: Erin Brindley with Corinne Magin
Lighting: Emily Leong
Sound Design: Erin Bednarz
Musical Direction/Performance: Nikki Dee
Set and Properties: Robin Macartney
Costumes: Natalie Shih
Stage Management: Nina Williams Teramachi

(Photos by John Cornicello. Pictured Clockwise: Melissa Maañao, Sara Porkalob, Annie Yim, Ray Tagavilla, Mara Elissa Palma)

‘Persimmon Nights’ at Cafe Nordo plays out like a glossy movie melodrama, Seattle Times

‘Persimmon Nights’: Bulgogi and Buried Secrets at Cafe Nordo, City Arts Magazine

“Persimmon Nights” mixes theater and Korean cuisine, The Seattle Globalist

Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for July 2018, The Seattle Times

The 64 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: July 9-15, 2018, The Stranger

Recommended, Don’t Miss: Persimmon Nights, The Stranger

Persimmon Nights portrays an edgy Korean nightclub in the 1960s by Roxanne Ray, International Examiner

“Going Up” by Gemma Wilson, Interview for City Arts Magazine

Persimmon Nights staged reading

22712276_1525406287552238_5993787834425108449_oGraphic design by: @cellardoormerc

The staged reading of my newest work-in-progress, Persimmon Nights, directed by Sara Porkalob, during Pork Filled Productions’ (PFP) UNLEASHED Play Festival will be performed on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. @theatreoffjackson

Plot summary: “Set during the eve of the first large scale wave of Asian American immigration, in The Persimmon Grove, a lurid nightclub, a brash young Korean immigrant rises to great heights in his ethnic enclave while balancing two lovers and many debts in the 1960s/70s. At the top of his game, he risks it all.”

The play is undergoing development with the amazing PFP team and my dramaturg, the brilliant playwright, Maggie Lee, as well as with my dreamboat director, Sara Porkalob.

Tickets available thru: pfpunleashed.bpt.me

UNLEASHED! New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century
A staged reading festival of seven new plays
Theatre Off Jackson, October 30 to November 4, 2017

From steamy nightclub noir, to sword and sorcery on the high seas, to imaginative science fiction exploring DNA technology and implanted memories, UNLEASHED gives playwrights of color a platform to tell the stories that break the tired expectations of “ethnic theatre.”

With a diverse selection of Korean American, Chinese American, Chinese Canadian, and African American playwrights, UNLEASHED showcases wildly creative and brand new outside-the-box stories.

PS–PFP is supporting the development of Persimmon Nights, which will be produced by Cafe Nordo in July 2018 for their season, featuring music by the Kpop girl group, the Kimchi Kittens and delicious Korean food.

 

LAAFF Fest–A collection of Asian American Fairytales with a feminist twist!

LAAFF

I wrote the short play Haenyeo for LAAFF Fest produced by SIS Productions in partnership with 18th & Union and Youth Theatre Northwest. Get your tickets here.

Haenyeo

by Seayoung Yim
directed by Mimi Katano
Minji, a city girl who moves to beautiful Jeju Island, looks for the answers to her struggling family’s problems in the pages of an old fairy tale. She meets Haenyeo, a real life mermaid, who shows her the answer to her problems may actually be found in her real life.
Featuring Naho Shioya & Maile Wong

 

Below are some articles about the amazing haenyeo on Jeju Island that inspired my play: