Brown University Writing is Live New Works Festival

My first play production of grad school Jar of Fat will premiere at Writing is Live 2020!

Leeds Theatre (83 Waterman Street)
FREE (reservation required here)

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 accessible seating locations. 
– The theatre has 22 transfer seats 
– Leeds Theatre is General Admissions. Accommodations for patrons with low vision or blindness can be made by contacting Brianne Shaw,, 401-863-2730.
– Assistive Listening Devices are available upon request. Please inquire with a House Manager upon arrival. 
– A Wheelchair Accessible and Gender Neutral restroom is available on the same level as the theatre. 
– Large Print programs are available upon request. Please inquire with a House Manager upon arrival.
– Trained Service Animals are 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, 401-863-2730.

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


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



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

Date: Sun, December 16, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST


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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:

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.


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A Quality Education Reading at Theatre Battery


My play A Quality Education was one of three plays that was workshopped and presented as a staged reading as part of Theatre Battery’s Battery Powered Reading Series at Kent Station. The reading was directed by the fabulous Lily Raabe, who asked really thought-provoking questions during the rehearsal process that helped me make revisions.

Play description: In an elite private school, students and staff of contrasting backgrounds must each navigate their places of power… and the starting line is not the same for everyone.

Susan Echols-Orton as Coral
Maya Burton as Jasmine
Mikayla Asianique Johnson as Emily
Joshua Hamilton as Kev
Alfonso Campos as Sanford
Matt Sherrill as Jonny
Annelih GH Hamilton as Elfreda
Owen Yen as Quang
Aaron Jin as Lanh
Samantha Routh as Denise

Cast of A Quality Education. Photo by Minami Furuya

Theatre Battery Battery Powered Series

My play A QUALITY EDUCATION has been selected for the BATTERY POWERED series at Theatre Battery!

From their facebook page:

There were a number of excellent submissions this year, and somehow we managed to narrow it down to these 3 plays that will be workshopped and presented as staged readings. Stay tuned for performance info, and we’ll see you there!

ENTER STARLIGHTER by Jessica Andrewartha (left): Jo is a college freshman who stayed close to home. This weekend she’s seeing her high school brother Josh, his best friend Sophie, and Jo’s best friend Kira, who went far away to an Ivy, all for the first time since starting college at the most awesome and explosive event of the year – Comicon. Four teens, four costumes, two hotel rooms, two crushes, a whole lot of hero worship and a web comic. What could go wrong?

DON’T CALL IT A RIOT! by Amontaine Aurore (right): Three members of Seattle’s Black Panther Party in the 1960s fight for liberation and dream of creating a better world. But as forces conspire to destroy the movement, and as their paths veer in wildly different directions, each will come to pay the price for a dream deferred.

A QUALITY EDUCATION by Seayoung Yim (center): In an elite private school, students and staff of contrasting backgrounds must each navigate their places of power… and the starting line is not the same for everyone.