Plays

Seayoung Yim writes plays about the Korean American experience, family, magic, and love. Her work has been produced by Annex Theatre, Theatre Off JacksonCafe Nordo, Seattle Public Theater’s Education ProgramThe Horse in Motion, Theatre Battery, Pony World Theatre, Mirror Stage, Live Girls! TheaterUW School of Drama, The 14/48 Projects, SIS Productions, and Seattle Fringe Festival. She has studied with playwright Stephanie Timm, is a member of an Asian American playwriting collective SIS Writers Group, and is a member of the 2018 Umbrella Project Writers Group.


Full-Length Plays

20-Minute Plays

60-Minute Plays

10-Minute Plays


FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

Do It For Umma 

Synopsis

In this surreal comedic detective story, the ghost of Hannah’s recently deceased mother returns to haunt the Korean convenience store she once ran with an iron fist, shaming, cajoling, and needling her daughter into avenging her extremely suspicious death. While Hannah’s older brother shirks off familial duties in favor of a romantic tryst with the local dry-cleaning maven, Hannah embarks on an epic mission to piece together the clues that will lead her to Umma’s killer. Featuring a chorus of ajummas and a healthy dose of revenge, Do It for Umma is an absurd tragicomedy about a young woman trying to gain her mother’s approval and protect her family’s honor in the strangest of circumstances.

7F, 1M

Production History & Recognition

Directed by Sara Porkalob

Press for Annex Theatre production (February 2016)

Press for Theatre Off Jackson production (August 2016)

The Annex Theatre Production received the People’s Choice Award for Outstanding New Play at Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Awards and Seattle’s Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting.

Interested in producing this play? Request a copy of the script.

Persimmon Nights

Persimmon Nights at Cafe Nordo
Cast of “Persimmon Nights” at Cafe Nordo, written by Seayoung Yim. Photo by Dangerpants Photography

Synopsis

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.

4F, 1M

Production History & Recognition

Directed by Sara Porkalob

Press for Cafe Nordo production (July 2018)

A staged reading Persimmon Nights was produced in Pork Filled Production’s “Unleashed” in November 2017.

A Quality Education

Synopsis

Students and staff of contrasting backgrounds must each navigate their place of power at an elite private school, where the starting line is not the same for everyone.

5F, 5M

Production History & Recognition

A Quality Education received a workshopped reading at Theatre Battery.

Interested in producing this play? Request a copy of the script.

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20-MINUTE PLAYS

Roaring Girls

Poster Design by Eddie DeHais. Photos by Ian Johnston / Dangerpants Photography
Poster Design by Eddie DeHais Photos by Ian Johnston / Dangerpants Photography

Synopsis

Set in 1930s America, two gun molls in hiding fall in love while awaiting the return of their bank robbing lovers.

2F, 1M

Production History & Recognition

Directed by Amy Escobar. Produced by Annex Theatre in The Zig Zag Festival in Summer 2015.

Theatrical Mustang Podcast: The Zig Zag Festival
Broadway World
The Stranger Recommends
Interested in producing this play? Request a copy of the script.

Canton Alley #3

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Graphic Design by
Cecille Del Rosario

Synopsis

A Chinese American girl must say goodbye to the living memories of the only home she has known in Seattle’s changing Canton Alley.

2F, 1M

Production History & Recognition

Directed by Eliza Wu.

Produced by University of Washington for Stories From Chinatown: A Living Theater Project.
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60-MINUTE PLAYS

Summoning Frankie

SUMMONING FRANKIE poster
Summoning Frankie Poster designed by Julia Nardin

Synopsis

Frankie’s wizarding life has been completely mapped out. Attend the Mould Applemurg Academy, an underfunded 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.

1 non-binary, 4 F, 1 M minimum, can have up to 11 actors

Production History & Recognition

Directed by Ana Maria Campoy

Produced for Seattle Public Theater’s Education Program, August 2018
Interested in producing this play? Request a copy of the script.

What You Think You Know

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Graphic Design
by Rommel Villalobos

Curated by Stephanie Timm

Synopsis

Ever catch yourself eavesdropping at the gym, on the bus, in a restaurant? Then you’ll get the impetus behind this exciting theatrical mashup. Curated by Stephanie Timm, What You Think You Know brings together 10 playwrights to ponder that irresistible spectator sport: passing judgment. A fusion of unexpected moments and random interactions, this unique piece might make you laugh or it might make you squirm. But it will definitely make you reconsider what you think you know.

5 Open Gender

Co-written with Ina Chang, Stacy Flood, Olivia Pi-Sunyer, Jennifer Kaczmarek, Jason Sharp, RE Perlman, Laura Hutchinson, Ilsa Olson, Heather Williams, and Stephanie Timm

Production History & Recognition

Directed by Kaytlin McIntyre

Produced for Seattle Fringe Festival (September 2014)

“Promising-sounding bets this evening include… a 10-playwright group, corralled by Stephanie Timm, exploring the idea of passing judgment on strangers in What You Think You Know.” — Brendan Kiley,  The Stranger Suggests September 17, 2014
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10-MINUTE PLAYS

Haenyeo

Synopsis

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.
2 F

Production History & Recognition

Directed by Mimi Katano
Produced by SIS Productions

Sumac in Your Face

Graphic design by Jody Riek
Graphic design by Jody Riek

Synopsis

Madame hosts the strangest of guests at a party to celebrate her new nose job. Surprise ingredient for this play challenge: sumac.

2 Open Gender, 1M, 2F

Production History & Recognition

Directed by Rachel Katz Carey

Produced by 14/48 Projects and Cafe Nordo, Food Theater Thunderdome

Paired dish: pork and lamb meatball on sumac compressed watermelon and grilled halmoumi served with a lemon-sumac-gin-spritz prepared by Chef Erin Brindley of Cafe Nordo.
Café Nordo and 14/48 Projects Collaborate to Create “Food Theater Thunderdome;” A Union of Food, Theater, Music and Fun by L. Steven Sieden, Huffington Post Blog
Interested in producing this play? Request a copy of the script.

Cantaloupe

Live Girls! Theater
Graphic Design by
Brian Stricklan

Synopsis

On a routine trip to the supermarket, Jay discovers her roommate Nimisha has rage issues, as well as some magical abilities (involving a popular melon variety).

2F, 1M

Production History & Recognition

Directed by Jennifer Jasper

Produced by Live Girls! Theater, Quickies Volume 15
Interested in producing this play? Request a copy of the script.

Karaoke Request

Synopsis

In a legendary karaoke bar in Seattle’s International District, an elder Asian American female activist imparts her wisdom (and love of partying) to a younger counterpart.

2F

Production History & Recognition

Directed by Rachel Rene Araucto

Produced by SIS Productions for Revealed: Celebrate Women, A Theatrical Tour of the International District

Celebrate Women Walking Tour Reveals Legacies of Seattle’s International District by Alan Chong Lau, International Examiner
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YES NO MAYBE

Synopsis

In this comedy, a couple—whose relationship relationship has long lost its sexy spark—tries one last time to defeat the tedium of long-term monogamy.

1M, 1F

Production History & Recognition

This play has not yet been produced.

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