Greetings from Santiago! I’m currently in Chile with the Theater Communications Group (TCG), Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), and Global Theater Initiative (GTI) US delegation to the Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil. This week, I’ll be seeing the best in contemporary Chilean theater, in addition to exciting productions from abroad.
I’ll return to the States later this month, to travel to the University of Washington as a Creative Mellon Fellow. Through this fellowship, I’ll be working on my new play, PILLOWTALK, with support of the university’s theater and dance deparments. PILLOWTALK is Kyoung’s Pacific Beat’s new work-in-progress, which tells the story of an interracial, gay married couple, that asks whether queer communities of color can truly celebrate marriage equality in times of #BlackLivesMatter.
The development of PILLOWTALK will continue in March, when Kyoung’s Pacific Beat is in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Following this residency, we’ll produce three workshop productions of PILLOWTALK at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Rough Draft Festival. Please mark your calendars—performances are scheduled for April 4-6 @ 7pm at LaGuardia’s Little Theater in Queens. Tickets are not yet on sale, so stay tuned for more info.!
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Now, more than ever, I need your help. As Henry David Thoreau wrote in his essay, “Civil Disobedience”:
“If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth–certainly the machine will wear out… but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.”
Kyoung H. Park