Jason Kim is a Korean-born dramatist based in New York City. His work has been presented at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ars Nova, Ma-Yi, Keen Company, Naked Angels, The Flea, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Spoleto Festival, Opera America, and others. He is an IFP—Marcie Bloom Fellow in Film, a Screenwriters Colony Fellow, a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans, and a Librettist Fellow in American Opera Project’s Composers & The Voice. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Ars Nova’s Uncharted. He is currently Lincoln Center Theater’s Resident Writer. In television, he has written for HBO’s Girls and Fox’s Gracepoint and has adapted The Middlesteins for Showtime. He is currently the Consulting Producer for Love on Netflix. Upcoming performances include The Model American at The Williamstown Theatre Festival in Summer 2017 and KPOP at Ars Nova Theater in Fall 2017. BA Columbia University, MFA New School for Drama.
United Talent Agency
Theater: Rachel Viola
Television: Peter Benedek
Film: Keya Khayatian
The Model American
In 2017, what does it take for an immigrant to achieve the American Dream? With humor and humanity, playwright Jason Kim (HBO’s “Girls”) explores this question in his timely world premiere play directed by Danny Sharron. Young, Latino, gay and unapologetically ambitious, Gabriel arrives in New York seeking work, friendship, love and mentorship. But, before he can move forward, he must honestly determine if he is running toward success or away from what he left behind. Developed at WTF under the auspices of the Bill Foeller Fellowship Program in 2016, The Model American asks: what is the price we are willing to pay for a new life?
Directed by Danny Sharron, Williamstown Theater Festival, Nikos Stage, Fall 2017
The three Nam sisters gather at Young’s home for their mother’s funeral. As the long overdue reunion unfolds, Young—the once-blossomed Korean socialite, now withered away in America—must learn how to navigate her sisters’ judgments about her new life while coming to terms with a grudge that has haunted her family for a decade. NEW AMERICA portrays a family that closes themselves off to the realities of their immigrant life through deceit and self-deception. It is a story about a family in crisis and the painful, complicated realities of pursuing the American Dream.
JASON KIM WRITES A PLAY
Jason Kim has written a play. But who cares? Literally no one. Not the Artistic Director who was once interested, kind of, or his Agent, or his annoying wunderkind friend Gus. Not even Sam, his sweet boyfriend. And certainly not his Mother, whose ambitions for her son include medical school, law school, and not-playwriting. So now what? Jason Kim Writes a Play is a play about something, or nothing, or maybe everything.
A MODERN FEELING
Devastated by the dismal sales of his first book, Will seeks distraction in the world of online hookups, where he meets Cameron, the unexpected love of his life. But when Cameron grows distant after taking a new job at a sleek but sleazy start-up, Will must contend with his own destructive impulses. The story of two men struggling to find meaning and direction, A MODERN FEELING asks why we so often reject love when it is right within our grasp.
Delinquent gamer Gordon Alonzo is a loner. So is Dee Dee Chung, an aspiring superstar. The two high school freaks soon become close friends, bonding over their troubled family secrets and the shared pursuit of realizing Dee Dee’s pop superstardom. But when the music video they record goes viral in the worst of ways, Gordon and Dee Dee find themselves unable to deal with their parents’ disappointment, the traumas of cyber-bullying, and their own overwhelming anger. A story of two kids who are anything but ordinary, Normal investigates what it means to be a “normal teenager” in America.