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Lloyd Suh’s “American Hwangap” at West of Lenin
Lloyd Suh’s “American Hwangap” is the funny and moving story of a Korean-American family and their uneasy reunion with the father who left them 15 years ago.
Steeped in the difficulty of reunification and reconciliation, “American Hwangap” tells the story of Min Suk Chun, who some 15 years earlier left his family in a West Texas suburb to return to his native Korea. On the occasion of his 60th birthday (hwangap), a milestone signifying the completion of the Eastern Zodiac and a type of rebirth, he returns to his ex-wife and now adult children as they struggle to reconcile their broken past with the mercurial, verbose and often exasperating patriarch now back at the head of the table. Through a tense birthday weekend filled with humor, heartbreak and half-filled expectations, this American hwangap and its aftermath bears a family not quite whole but still somehow transformed, and not quite happy but still somehow beautiful.
Produced in partnership with SIS Productions.
American Hwangap is written by Lloyd Suh and directed by AJ Epstein.
Appropriate for ages 13 and up.
About the Playwright
Lloyd Suh is the author of Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story and others, produced with Ma-Yi, Magic Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Play Company, La Mama, Denver Center Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson, The Guthrie Theatre with Mu Performing Arts, East West Players, and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea.
Featuring: Michael Cercado (Ralph Chun), Kathy Hsieh (Mary Chun), Mara Palma (Esther Chun),
Stephen Sumida (Min Suk Chun), and Moses Yim (David Chun)
Creative Team: Lex Marcos (Scenic Design), Zanna King (Lighting Design),
Brendan Patrick Hogan (Sound Design), and Sarah Mosher (Costume Design)