I hope this email finds you well! It’s been some time since I’ve written a Kyoung Update, so I thought I’d share with you some news!
I am thrilled to let you know that I’ve been awarded a 2010 UNESCO-Aschberg award to write a new play this winter, while in residency at Sanskriti Pratishtan in New Delhi, India. While in India, I’ll be working on a new dance theater piece, which I’m currently writing/directing at Columbia University under the advisement of Anne Bogart. For those of you in New York, you’ll have a chance to see a sneak-preview of this new work-in-progress, as I’m producing workshop performances of it at La Mama’s Annex theater this spring. (More details below!)
In the meanwhile, please consider joining me next Monday, Feb. 8th, at the reading of my short play “Mina” and a discussion on playwriting and literary mentorship at Teacher’s and Writer’s Collaborative’s “2020 Visions” reading series, which features my work along with actress/playwright Nandita Shenoy and my esteemed professor, Chuck Mee. For those with spare time, check out my interview with Teachers and Writers: http://www.twc.org/resources/haiku-interviews/kyoung-park
Big hugs to everyone!
THE DIAMOND TRADE
Written/directed by Kyoung H. Park
Choreography by Potri Ranka Manis
Assistant Director: Amanda Crater
Cast: Amy F. Gironda, Yanghee Lee, Veracity Butcher, Maryelin Barahona, Alice Yorke, Sandhya Jain, and Mieke Duffy.
Workshop Performances at La Mama Annex Theater this June!
THE DIAMOND TRADE is based on the mysterious history of the Kooh-I-Noor, an Indian diamond which was stolen by the English East India Company and eventually split up into affordable, little pieces. The story is set in modern times and centers around 7 women around the world who posses pieces of the Kooh-I-Noor.
As a global economic breakdown ensues, world currency falls flat and diamonds become the new financial reserve. People start hunting/chasing down diamonds and through the lives of a Brazilian supermodel, a Qatari princess, a Korean professor, a Chilean housewife, a French senator, an American widow, and an Indian housewife, we piece together how the Kooh-I-Noor is reassembled after centuries being torn apart.