Don Nguyen and Lauren Yee’s plays are featured as part of Flushing Queen’s “Park Plays”
The Queens Theatre, in partnership with Theatre 167, will produce 10 plays this summer that use the 897-acre park as the backdrop. The production, called “Park Plays,” will take place from July 28 through Aug. 6 at the venue’s Studio Theater at 14 United Nations Avenue South. Playwrights include Ngozi Anyanwu, Jenny Lyn Bader, Jess Barbagallo, Gracie Gardner, Richard Hinojosa, MJ Kaufman, Rex McGregor, Don Nguyen, Frank Paiva and Lauren Yee.
Six of the plays were commissioned and four were chosen from open submissions. The playwrights either have a personal connection to the park or wrote plays that capture “the spirit of inclusivity and diversity that the park represents,” according to Park Plays Festival Director Brant Russell. Three sisters participate in the annual Dragon Boat Festival in “Race Day” by Don Nguyen, and in “What Once We Were,” which is written by Lauren Yee, three museum curators talk about their memories of the city.
WORLD PREMIERE OF KPOP, SEPTEMBER 5 – OCTOBER 7
A High-Octane Immersive Event with a Cast of 18 that Gives You an All-Access, Backstage Pass to a K-Pop Music Factory
$45 general, $75 premium, $25, $35 on select dates, details below
New York, NY, July 12, 2017—Ars Nova “one of NYC’s most adventurous Off Broadway companies” (New York Times), in association with “the foremost incubator of new Asian American theater in the country” (Obie award) Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, “the exceptional theater company” that turns “spaces into intimate vortexes of wonder” (Gothamist) presents the world premiere of KPOP, a high-octane immersive event that gives you a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory.
KPOP is here and America will never be the same. Claim your exclusive, all-access pass and immerse yourself in the Korean Pop music factory where stars are made… or broken.
KPOP was conceived by Woodshed Collective and Jason Kim (The Model American, HBO’s “Girls”) and features a book by Kim, music & lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon (The View UpStairs), an immersive design by Woodshed Collective, choreography by Bessie-nominee Jennifer Weber (The Hip Hop Nutcracker, TruTV’s “Face Off”) and is directed by Teddy Bergman (Empire Travel Agency).
The predominantly Asian and Asian American cast of 18 includes Julia Abueva, Cathy Ang, Katie Lee Hill (Nerds), Joomin Hwang, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Deborah Kim, Susannah Kim, Ashley Park (Sunday in the Park with George, The King and I), Sun Hye Park, James Saito, James Seol (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way,
Previews: Sept 5, 6, 11–13, 18–20 at 7pm; Sept 7–9, 14–16, 21 at 8pm; Sept 16 and 21 at 3pm
Opening: Friday, Sept 22 at 8pm
Regular performances: Monday–Wednesday at 7pm; Thursday–Saturday at 8pm; Select matinees at 3pm; No Performance October 2.
A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street)