Sara Porkalob (director) and I co-produced the second production with Theatre off Jackson. Thanks to everyone who supported us and helped us DO IT AGAIN, FOR UMMA!
We had a wonderfully diverse audience demographic turn out for our show. For each night, at least 75% of the audience was AAPI (Asian American, Pacific Islander) and a wide range of ages were represented as well, from college freshman groups to Korean senior citizens. There was also a large turnout of families. We had range of members from community organizations attend such as, LGBTQ Allyship, Got Green, Seattle Asian Film Festival, Gabriella Seattle, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Sahngnoksoo, Soobak, and OneAmerica.
All of the AAPI actors in our show have repeatedly voiced how empowering it is to be in a show where being Asian isn’t illustrated as the “other” but instead is the focus of the story. Our audience has also been incredibly vocal about their appreciation of the production, how the Korean family dynamic is their personal story, and how this is the first time they’ve seen anything close to resembling their childhood onstage. The mother/daughter dynamic is also something that really resonates with our audience-a lot of AAPI women have approached us to say that we were able to capture and depict a relationship that, while often painful, was handled with compassion and humor on-stage and really showcased the complex relationship between immigrant mothers and American born children.
Two women from the Korean cultural group, Oolleemm, came up to me after a performance and told me the show made them weep. They said it was so great to see a Korean story on stage and it moved them deeply. They were complete strangers, yet they embraced me as if we were family. They also said they would like to collaborate on a future project incorporating Korean cultural dance.
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Production photos by Ian Johnston of Dangerpants Photography