NYC Reading of Kim Myung-hwa’s 돐날/”The Birthday Party”
Early this year I completed a translation of Kim Myung-hwa’s play The Birthday Party. It appears that there will be a reading of the work in translation at
Summary: The Birthday Party is about a married woman who’s preparing a celebration for her child’s first birthday–a very big deal in Korean culture–but she’s sick of being a mother and a wife. Her husband’s an adjunct, makes little money and has lofty thoughts that go nowhere. His friends are invited to the party, but all of them are pathetic/cruel/petty in their own ways. Then the woman’s college fling (who happens to be female) pays a visit, and the proverbial shit hits the fan…
2-4pm | Elebash Hall
PRELUDE 09 continues to look beyond New York with its international SPOTLIGHT series. SPOTLIGHT: KOREA will showcase the work of contemporary Korean theater artists, in collaboration with New York directors. Prelude welcomes Seoul-based company Wuturi Players and Marion Schoevaert, and will present excerpts of HongDonggi by playwright Kim Kwang Lim (dir. Steven Rattazzi), The Material Man by celebrated Korean poet Hwang Ji Woo (dir. Allison Troupe-Jensen), and The Birthday Party by Kim Myung Hwa (dir. Esther Chae). Plus, a special Workshop on Korean Mask and Dance Theatre.