Do It For Umma at Annex Theatre

Do It For Umma
Directed by Sara Porkalob
Annex Theatre

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 Ummais 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.

In the International Examiner: Seayoung Yim—A homegrown playwright makes her debut

In the Seattle Weekly: The 35 Arts Happenings You Must Check Out This Season

In the Seattle Globalist! “Do It For Umma” reinvents Hamlet as a young, Korean-American heroine


In the NW Asian Weekly’s Pop Culture column: Playwright remixes Hamlet with feminist themes and lots of ajummas by Vivian Nguyen

On the Theatrical Mustang Podcast: Featuring Do It For Umma’s brilliant director, Sara Porkalob  Do it For Umma is talked about at around 26:50 

On the Theatrical Mustang Podcast: Pamala Mijatov discusses Annex’s 29th Season  Listen at around 18:56 to hear about Do It For Umma


Kathy Hsieh

Show #16: “Do it for Umma” featuring Skye Bing Bong Stephenson, Ina Chang, Christian Thomas, Maggie Lee, Katie Driscoll, Laura Dux, Anna Saephan, and Corinne Magin at Annex. A pure hoot of a show! So much fun! This Korean American “Hamlet-esque” revenge comedy is pee-in-your-pants funny no matter who you are, but especially so if you have an Asian mom like Umma. What a wonderful full-play debut for Seayoung Yim and terrifically directed by Sara Porkalob. Get on the waiting list and try to catch the show if you can (all performances are already sold out). ‪#‎SEAthtr‬