Jar of Fat by Seayoung Yim Saturday, Feb 8, 4pm Sunday, Feb 9, 8pm
Synopsis: In a fantastical fairytale world, two Korean American sisters are deemed too fat to fit in their family grave. With undesirability fastened upon their bodies, how will their souls endure? Will the sisters’ close bond survive under the pressure of their fretful parents, who will spare no effort to get them tinier? Jar of Fat is an absurdist comedy that celebrates and explodes notions of desire, ugliness, and beauty through the eyes of a family who hides from and in the stuff of fat. Crossing intersections between Korean American identity and fatphobia, this play probes a beauty culture that can sometimes look foreign to mainstream American notions of what’s desirable or ugly to behold.
Writing is Live 2019 A Festival of New Theater February 7 – 9
Writing is Live is a festival of new plays in progress written by MFA playwriting students and directed and performed by students in the Brown/Trinity MFA Program. The festival celebrates the diversity and strength of new theatrical voices while providing the Brown community with a glimpse into the vibrant process of creating new work for theater.
Writing Is Live (formerly the New Plays Festival) is made possible through support from an endowed fund for the Adele Kellenberg Seaver ’49 Professorship in Literary Arts.
Photo by Michael Rosas
2020 Performance Schedule Friday, February 7, 2020 5:00 PM On The Y-Axis by Lucas Baisch ’20 MFA 8:00 PM The Executrix by Emma Horwitz ’20 MFA
Saturday, February 8, 2020 1:00 PM good god by Nkenna Akunna MFA ’22 4:00 PM Jar of Fat by Seayoung Yim ’22 MFA 8:00 PM On The Y-Axis by Lucas Baisch ’20 MFA
Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:00 PM The Executrix by Emma Horwitz ’20 MFA 4:00 PM good god by Nkenna Akunna MFA ’22 8:00 PM Jar of Fat by Seayoung Yim ’22 MFA
Accessibility info for Leeds Theatre: – The studio has an accessible entrance off of Waterman Street between Stuart Theatre and the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching. When entering the building via this entrance there are no steps to enter the theatre – Leeds Theatre can accommodate up to 5 wheelchair accessibleseating locations. – The theatre has 22 transfer seats. – Leeds Theatre is General Admissions. Accommodations for patrons with low vision or blindnesscan be made by contacting Brianne Shaw, Brianne_shaw@brown.edu, 401-863-2730. – Assistive Listening Devicesare available upon request. Please inquire with a House Manager upon arrival. – A Wheelchair Accessible and Gender Neutralrestroom is available on the same level as the theatre. – Large Print programsare available upon request. Please inquire with a House Manager upon arrival. – Trained Service Animalsare welcome in the studio. At this time we are unable to accommodate Emotional Support Animals. If there is anything we can do to make your visit to Leeds Theatre more comfortable please reach out to Brianne Shaw at Brianne_shaw@brown.edu, 401-863-2730.
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.
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.
Mara Elissa Palma
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
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:
I will be participating in 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival on it’s second weekend: January 13-14! GULP! Writing two plays in 48 hours!
From 14/48’s website:
The 14/48 Projects is very pleased to bring 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, its “punishing artistic exercise in speed and endurance” (The Stranger), back to ACT Theatre for two weekends in January 2017 as a partner in ACTLab.
14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival operates under a simple premise: gather some of Seattle’s most daring theater artists and put them in a pressure cooker. But the challenge is far from simple, and that is 14 plays written, cast, directed, rehearsed, scored, designed, and premiered in 48 hours
Check out the artist roster to see the awesome people I’ll be collaborating with! Go see the first weekend as well—which will feature Maggie Lee (Mrs. Yi in Do It For Umma)!