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Ars Nova 

in association with Ma-Yi Theater + Woodshed Collective presents

KPOP

Conceived by WOODSHED COLLECTIVE + JASON KIM
Book by JASON KIM
Music & Lyrics by HELEN PARK + MAX VERNON
Immersive Design by WOODSHED COLLECTIVE
Choreographed by JENNIFER WEBER
Directed by TEDDY BERGMAN

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! SEPTEMBER 5 – OCTOBER 7, 2017  | MON-WED @ 7PM | THU-SAT @ 8PM | + SELECT 3PM SHOWS

ABOUT THE SHOW

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. 

FEATURING

JULIA ABUEVA, CATHY ANG, DEBORAH S. CRAIG, KATIE LEE HILL, JOOMIN HWANG, JINWOO JUNG, VANESSA KAI, JIHO KANG, DEBORAH KIM, SUSANNAH KIM, ASHLEY PARK, SUN HYE PARK, JAMES SAITO, JAMES SEOL, DAVID SHIH, JASON TAM, EBONY WILLIAMS, JOHN YI

THE TEAM

Production Design GABRIEL HAINER EVANSOHN
Costume Design TRICIA BARSAMIAN
Lighting Design JEANETTE OI-SUK YEW
Sound Design WILL PICKENS
Projection and Video Design PHILLIP GULLEY
Production Stage Manager LIZZY LEE

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502 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES


 LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!

SEPTEMBER 5 – OCTOBER 7, 2017
Mon-Wed @ 7PM | Thu-Sat @ 8PM | + Select 3PM Shows

Regular Tix $45 | Premium Tix $75

Group Discounts for Selected Performances

Wk 2 – September 11 – 16 | $35 | Use Code:   LOLLIPOP


CO-PRODUCERS

ARS NOVA

ARS NOVA is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our unique development programs are designed to support cross-pollination and outside-the-box thinking to encourage innovative work. Dubbed by The New York Times as a “fertile incubator of offbeat theater,” Ars Nova blurs genres and subverts the status quo. With our feverish bounty of programming, we are the stomping ground and launching pad for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.Ars Nova has been honored with an OBIE Award and a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle for sustained quality and commitment to the development and production of new work. Notable past productions include: “Best New American Theatre Work” OBIE Award-winner & New York Times’ “Best of 2016” Underground Railroad Game by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special (now on international tour); Outstanding Musical Lortel Award-winner Futurity, by César Alvarez with The Lisps; the New York Times’ and New York Post’s “Best of 2015” Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl (now touring the US after a return engagement Off Broadway); Time Out New York’s “Best of 2014,” JACUZZI by The Debate Society; the Tony award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy (now on Broadway); Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar; the world premiere of the 2009 season’s most-produced play boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Alex Timbers; audience favorite Dixie’s Tupperware Party by Kris Andersson; the show that put Bridget Everett on the map, At Least It’s Pink, by Everett and Kenny Mellman; and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s and Thomas Kail’s first New York production, Freestyle Love Supreme, by Anthony Veneziale and Miranda.

WOODSHED COLLECTIVE

WOODSHED COLLECTIVE is one of the country’s premier immersive theater companies. Since 2008, the company has presented large scale theatrical events including: Twelve Ophelias performed in McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, The Confidence Man adapted from Melville’s novel and performed on a decommissioned steamship in the Hudson River and The Tenant adapted from the novel and film and performed in a five storey 19th Century Parish House on the Upper West Side.Most recently, the company presented the critically acclaimed Empire Travel Agency, a grail quest criss-crossing Lower Manhattan, where groups of four audience members at a time hunted for the secret to the essential vibrancy of New York. Driven by the belief in the combined power of stories and architecture to break down the barriers of everyday life, Woodshed’s shows aim to create genuine awe.


SEPTEMBER 2017 KPOP PRODUCTIONS
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OCTOBER 2017 KPOP PRODUCTIONS

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ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Ma-Yi Theater Writers Lab Member Jason Kim

Jason Kim  (Co-Conceiver, Book) 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 Mark Campbell Chair 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. BA Columbia University, MFA New School for Drama. waytooserious.com

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

TEDDY BERGMAN (Director) is a New York based director, producer and actor. As the Artistic Director of acclaimed immersive theater company Woodshed Collective, he has co-conceived and directed many productions including: Twelve Ophelias, The Confidence Man, The Tenant and most recently Empire Travel Agency. His work as a director has also been seen at Ars Nova, Portland Center Stage, Columbia University, Primary Stages, The Vineyard Arts Project, Space on Ryder Farm, Clubbed Thumb and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. As an actor he is currently appearing in a major role in the Amazon Studios Original Series Good Girls Revolt. He was in the original Broadway cast of the Tony Award Winning play Peter And The Starcatcher. His film work includes Wolves (upcoming), Listen Up Philip, Fading Gigolo, Hairbrained, Julie and Julia, Little Big League and Honeymoon in Vegas. Other TV work includes: The Affair, Law and Order: SVU, As The World Turns and Submissions Only in addition to National and International Commercials. Other theater credits include: Philip Goes Forth (The Mint), Sex Lives of Our Parents (2nd Stage), Peter and the Starcatcher (NYTW), Seven Minutes in Heaven (HERE), Hell House (St. Ann’s), I.E. (The Flea) and regionally at Bay Street, Williamstown, Huntington and La Jolla.

 

ABOUT THE COMPOSERS

HELEN PARK (Composer) is a composer, arranger and performer. She wrote music for a full-length musical The Large Life of Alice Liddell which received a reading at NYU. She also wrote a one-act Latin musical comedy, Last Resort, which received readings at NYU and was performed at the Duplex theater. Helen wrote the one-act musical Baked Goods with lyrics by Christyn Budzyna and book by Charlie Cohen, which was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Sound Bites Festival and was selected winner for the 2017 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. Helen has worked as music assistant to composer Tom Kitt on Broadway’s If/Then, The Spongebob Musical and Freaky Friday. Currently, Helen is at work on the musical KPOP, an adaptation of the screenplay 50 First Dates and an original musical. Helen’s music have been featured at Ars Nova, The Duplex, NYMF, BMI Smoker, Joe’s Pub and 54 Below among others. Helen is an alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and is a member of BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced). helenparkmusic.com

MAX VERNON (Composer) is a composer/lyricist, playwright and performer. His work has been performed and developed at Ars Nova, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Wondrous Strange, Humana Festival 2016), Lincoln Center (LC Originals), Keen Company, Disney Creative Entertainment, Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, Two River Theater (NJ), Goodspeed Opera House and Pride Films and Plays (Chicago), among others. He has received the Jonathan Larson Grant and JFund Award from the Jerome Foundation, NYFA Fellowship for Music, as well as New York Stage and Film’s Founders Award. He is a former Dramatist Guild Theater Fellow, member of Ars Nova’s Uncharted and the Civilians’ R&D Group. Other residencies include Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony and Berkeley Rep’s The Ground Floor. His musicals include The View UpStairs, KPOP, WIRED, 30 Million, Co-Op, Show & Tell and Nincest (book and lyrics by Jen Silverman) MFA: NYU, Musical Theatre Writing. maxvernon.com

 

CHOREOGRAPHY

JENNIFER WEBER (Choreographer) “Outstanding Emerging Choreographer” New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) nominee, Jennifer Weber is the artistic director of the award-winning, theatrical hip-hop dance company, Decadancetheatre. Based in Brooklyn, NY, the company has toured across the US, UK, Russia and France performing at venues including Jacob’s Pillow, The Apollo Theater, The Kennedy Center, London’s Southbank Center, The Everyman in Liverpool, New York City Center, Bumbershoot in Seattle, The Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow and The Music Center in Los Angeles. She has choreographed for American Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal Matrix, Reebok, Bloomberg, Philosophy, Marc Jacobs, CK2 and UK TV show, Blue Peter. Weber was the creative director for the 2016 tour of Lifetime’s Bring it! Live and choreographed the 16/17 tour of PBS’s Odd Squad Live. Weber and The Deca Crew were featured on Season 2 of TruTV’s theatrical competition series Fake Off.  She is the director and choreographer for The Hip Hop Nutcracker, currently touring the US. jenniferwebernyc.com

CAST AND DESIGN TEAM

TEAM

Production Design GABRIEL HAINER EVANSOHN
Costume Design TRICIA BARSAMIAN
Lighting Design JEANETTE OI-SUK YEW
Sound Design WILL PICKENS
Projection and Video Design PHILLIP GULLEY
Production Stage Manager LIZZY LEE

CAST

Abueva, Julia 1 JULIA ABUEVA (Sonoma) West End: Miss Saigon (Kim u/s). Other stage appearances include: Cinderella (Newport Performing Arts Theater); Pangdemonium! Singapore premieres of next to normal and Spring Awakening and the Philippine Repertory Theater production of The Fantasticks. NY Workshops: Tiananmen (dir. Stafford Arima). Upcoming: Stella’s Last Weekend (opp. Nat Wolff). All my love and gratitude to my family, Mama, “Dadday”, At and Kuy. And to the best-Margrit and Matt for the endless support and believing in me. @julia.abueva

Cathy Ang Headshot 2CATHY ANG (Jin Hee) is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut! New York Theater: Riot Antigone – New Work (Ismene), Spring Awakening (Wendla), Void - Reading (Joan), The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox), A Little Night Music (Fredrika), The Meanest Birthday Girl – New Work (Gertrude), Royal Fables – Reading & Production (Sleeping Beauty), Once On This Island (Little Timoune), Beatsville – Reading & Production (Betty). Education: NYU Steinhardt. Voice: Jeremy Aye. Unending gratitude and love to her pamilya!!!

Deborah S CraigDEBORAH S. CRAIG (Vocal Coach) Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park). Off-Broadway premieres: Ma-Yi, Red Bull Theatre, Second Stage, Soho Rep, NAATCO and Project 400. Other new work: La Jolla Playhouse, New Dramatists, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public, Center Theatre Group, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage, Target Margin, New York Theatre Workshop, The Civilians, South Coast Rep, Chalk Rep and IAMA Theatre Company. TV: Transparent (Amazon), The Blacklist (NBC), Hart of Dixie (CW), Six Degrees (ABC), Workaholics (Comedy Central), Better Things (FX), Bajillion Dollar Properties (Seeso), Son of Zorn (Fox), Almost There (DirectTV) and Dog With a Blog (Disney).

KATIE LEE HILLKATIE LEE HILL (Tiny D) previously appeared in Sky-Pony’s The Wildness at Ars Nova with PlayCo! More theater highlights: Nerds (Broadway); The Rose Tattoo starring Marissa Tomei (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Film Chinois (off-Broadway, Pan Asian Rep). TV: Succession (HBO). Developmental: Vineyard Theatre, Sundance Theatre Lab, NYMF. Her band is: baby chemist. Thanks to Ars Nova, Ma-Yi, Woodshed, the creative team and HRB for this pop-portunity. Love to her family and Travis. katieleehill.com

Joomin Head Shot 100JOOMIN HWANG (Timmy X) is thrilled to make his Off-Broadway debut. He was born and raised in South Korea. Until he came to the U.S, he appeared many of theater productions in South Korea. He recently finished his featured film: Sushi Tushi starring with Eddie Mekka (Carmine / Laverne & Shirley). NYC Theater Credits: Han u/s in Green Card: A New Musical (St. Clements) and Graffiti Pete in In The Heights (Axelrod Performing Arts Center). Dance Theater: The Choreographer’s Canvas 2016 (NYC), Break Out (World Tour), Bibop (World Tour), Sachoom (World Tour). Concerts: Eternal Light NYC premiere (Carnegie Hall), The Music of Sir Karl Jenkins (Carnegie Hall), New York Chamber Choirs. BFA, Vocal Performance in University of Wisconsin. Special thanks to my family and Megumi, my wife, I love you. joominhwang.com @joominhwang

Jinwoo JungJINWOO JUNG (Oracle) first wants to thank the team and the audience for making great production happen. Born and raised in Korea, after finishing degree in law, Jinwoo decided to follow his dream to be an Actor/Singer and went to USC, MFA Acting (Class of 2016). He was in The Christians (Mark Taper Forum), played Jean Michel in La Cage aux Folles (East West Players) and has worked on various TV/Film/VO/commercials.

Vanessa Kai-1BVANESSA KAI (Ruby). Off Broadway: Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage Theater Uptown), The Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project). Regional: The Christians (Riverside Theatre), Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Far East (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Debut by Connecticut Critics Circle) and An Infinite Ache (Stamford TheatreWorks). Select Film/TV: The Blacklist, Gotham, The Mysteries of Laura, Orange Is The New Black, The Leftovers, Off The Rails, Old Acquaintance Be Forgot. vanessakai.com

jiho kangJIHO KANG is excited to make his theatrical debut with Ars Nova’s upcoming production of KPOP. Jiho spent last summer singing on Superstar K 2016, a singing competition on South Korea’s MNET. He currently writes music and performs every chance he gets. He is originally from Seattle, WA and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Applied Mathematics. More information on jihokang.com.

Susannah KimSUSANNAH KIM (XO) discovered her passion for dance during her undergraduate years at NYU. Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to choreograph and perform for The Neighbors Dance Team and Epic Motion, and has been featured in live performance and commercial work for Calvin Klein, ABC Family and MSG-TV. Deborah has also published her poetry on KoreanAmericanStory.org, and recently played her first lead role as an actor in the short film Babo.

PARK, ASHLEYASHLEY PARK (MwE) Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George; Tuptim in The King and I (Lincoln Center revival, Grammy nominee); Mamma Mia!. National Tour: R&H’s Cinderella (Gabrielle). TV: Nightcap (recurring). NYC readings/labs with Roundabout, Disney Theatricals, Ars Nova, Second Stage, Prospect, Somerled, Ensemble Studio, Huntington, among others. Regional: Hood (Dallas Theater Center, world premiere), Pasadena Playhouse’s The Fantasticks (Luisa), PCLO, MTW. University of Michigan graduate.  @ashleyparklady

SUN HYE PARK (Callie) graduated from MFA Acting at Columbia University in May. Originally from Korea, Sun Hye received her BFA in Acting from Korea National University of Arts. Favorite credits include Hamyul/Hamlet, Picture Bride, Macbeth, Miss Julie and The Phantom Lady. She’d love to thank her family and friends for their love and support. She especially thanks God for the opportunity to have this amazing show.

James SeolJAMES SEOL (Jerry) Broadway: A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (Roundabout Theatre Company). Off-Broadway: Small Mouth Sounds (Signature Theatre), Around the World in 80 Days (Davenport Theatre). Regional: Four Immigrants, Tokyo Fish Story (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mame (Goodspeed Musicals), Zombie: The American (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), Hamlet (Hartford Stage), The Orphan of Zhao (American Conservatory Theater/La Jolla Playhouse). He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Virginia.

David ShihDAVID SHIH (Plastic Surgeon) Previously with Ma-Yi: Bike America. Off-Broadway: Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage), Awake and Sing! (The Public/NAATCO), The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC), Crane Story (Playwrights Realm), Dojoji (Pan Asian Rep), Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage). Regional: Tiger Style! (La Jolla), The King and I (Maltz Jupiter). TV/Film: The Path, Madam Secretary, The Blacklist, Mozart in the Jungle, Unforgettable, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Saving Face.

JasonTamJASON TAM (Epic) Broadway: IF/THEN (David); Lysistrata Jones (Xander, Astaire Award nomination); A Chorus Line (Paul); Les Misérables (Gavroche). Off-Broadway: Marry Me A Little; Lysistrata Jones. Tour: Les Misérables.  NY/Workshop: KPOP; Nobody Loves You; Allegiance; The Last Goodbye; US; Clueless; The Black Suits; The Nightingale; The Yellow Wood. Regional: Hollywood Bowl; Guthrie Theater; Sacramento Music Circus; Sharon Playhouse; Casa Mañana. TV: Do No Harm; Guilty; Hawaii 5-0; One Life to Live; Beyond the Break. Film: Every Little Step (documentary). BFA, NYU Tisch.

Ebony Williams from agentsEBONY WILLIAMS (Jenn) is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway Debut! Training: Boston Ballet School, Boston Conservatory. Company: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Movie: Adjustment Bureau. TV: So You Think You Can Dance, SNL, 30 Rock and Americas Got Talent. Music Video: Single Ladies (matching Beyonce), Lemonade and Formation World Tour.

JOHN YI headshotJOHN YI (Bobo) Off-Broadway and original cast debut. NY: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Vocalist), Oliver! (Signature Theatre, choreo: Baayork Lee), KPOP (2014 workshop), Grateful (Symphony Space). Tour/regional: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (first national tour, Topher & Jean-Michel u/s), Miss Saigon (international tour with Pittsburgh CLO), Queen Mother (Goodspeed Opera House, dir: Lynne Taylor-Corbett), City of Angels (Heritage Theatre Festival). BFA: Elon University. Proud Teach For America Alum (HOU ‘11, 7th grade reading). Rep: CLEAR Talent Group. @mrjohnyi

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