I hope you can come see my latest project: Walkabout Yeolha, an adaptation of Samshik Pai’s play “Inching Towards Yeolha,” directed by Kon Yi and produced by Columbia Stages/Columbia University.
There are short features on the play published by the Korea Daily and the Columbia Spectator. You can read more about the project in an an interview posted at the Columbia University Arts Blog and an online response to my interview.
Columbia University School of the Arts,
Theatre Arts Program
Written by Samshik Pai
Translated by Walter Byonsok Chon
Adapted by Kyoung H. Park
An American premiere event with music by Junghoon Pi
Directed by Kon Yi
Set in a distant future, Walkabout Yeolha is a biting satire about a village’s struggle to retain its identity in the face of cultural intrusion from a powerful empire. The play is an adaptation of Samshik Pai’s award-winning play Inching Towards Yeolha (2007). Pai based his play on the diary of the famous 18th century philosopher, Yeon-Ahm, who traveled to China in search of practical ideas to modernize Korean society. Pai used the diary as a starting point to write a sweeping, allegorical tale of the entwined fates of an empire and a village. Walkabout Yeolha, translated and adapted for an American audience, questions the direction of a post-industrial society in crisis, in a multicultural production with original music and choreography, directed by Kon Yi.
Itohan Aghayere, Joel Azerrad, Charles Baran, Rafael Benoit, Donovan Christie, Jr., Sarah Eismann, Greg Engbrecht, Tara Gadomski*, Natalia Guzman, Gatlin Hardy, Douglas Harvey, Rachael Hunt, Paul Krazner, Vin Kridakorn, Adam Lubitz, Adam Roper, Ronald A. Salat, Coco Schneider, Susan Wallack*
Jian Jung (Set Design), Marie Yokoyama (Lighting Design), Katja Andreiev (Costume Design), Junghoon Pi (Composer and Sound Design), Clare Cook (Choreographer)
October 20-23, 2010
The Riverside Theatre
91 Claremont Avenue
Between 120th and 122nd Streets
Visit www.columbiastages.org for tickets. $15 General, $5 Senior, and FREE with any valid student ID.
*Actors Appears Courtesy Of Actor’s Equity Association
* Photography by Carol Rosegg