Persimmon Nights at Cafe Nordo

Cast of Persimmon Nights. Photo by Dangerpants Photography

 

—>Get tickets here.

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 staged reading

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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:

what i’ve been working on for the past few months

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