You For Me For You

With humor and a surprising light touch, You for Me for You tells the story of two North Korean sisters who make a bargain with a smuggler to flee to the United States. When one of the sisters is denied passage to make the treacherous transpacific crossing, the other races across time and space to save her.

In August 2012, Ma-Yi produced a workshop presentation of You for Me for You in association with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. In November 2012, Woolly Mammoth produced the play’s world premiere at their home in Washington, DC.


Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 641 D St NW Washington, DC 20004

About the Playwright

Mia Chung | Playwright

Mia Chung is the author of You for Me for You, Catch as Catch Can, This Exquisite Corpse, Skin in the Game, an adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao, and We Spend Our Lives. You for Me for You premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in the UK in December 2015. The play premiered in 2012 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in DC (in association with Ma-Yi Theatre Company and supported by an NEA grant), with a second production at Company One in Boston. This upcoming season it will run at Portland Playhouse and Mu Performing Arts Center. She has received awards and fellowships from Southern Rep, RISCA, TCG, and others; and her work has been developed by the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Civilians’ R&D Group, Doorway Arts Ensemble, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Inkwell, Kennedy Center, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Page Salon, Playwrights Realm, and Stella Adler Studio. She is a member of New Dramatists, a playwriting fellow of the Huntington Theatre, and an emeritus member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. She attended Yale (BA); the University of Dublin, Trinity College (M.Phil.); and Brown (MFA).

About the Director

Yury Urnov | Director

Yury Urnov, born in Moscow in 1976 is a theater director and translator. Yury directed a number of productions of contemporary Russian plays abroad, as well as contemporary American and European plays in Russia. These, among others, include Undresses by Joan Casas (2000, Moscow); Dostoevsky-trip by Vladimir Sorokin (2003, Berlin/Novosibirsk); The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh (2007, Vladikavkaz); Dead Man’s Cell Phone by S. Ruhl (2008, Moscow); as well as plays of the New Russian Drama season at Towson, MD in 2009-2010.
Urnov has also taught classes in different countries around the world – the USA, Germany, Italy, Uganda, and Faroe Islands. Yury is involved in a long term partnership with such international organizations as the Centre for International Theatre Development, Baltimore, MD, and British Council.

Design Team

  • Czerton Lim | Scenic Design
  • Melinda Basaca | Costume Design
  • Ryan Seelig | Lighting Design
  • Mike Iveson, Jr. | Sound Design & Original Music
  • Naoko Maeshiba | Choreography

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