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.
Directed by AJ Epstein Produced by AJ Epstein Presents in partnership with SIS Productions.
Cast: (alphabetical) Michael Cercado (Ralph Chun) Kathy Hsieh (Mary Chun) Mara Palma (Esther Chun) Stephen Sumida (Min Suk Chun) Moses Yim (David Chun)
Creative Team: Lex Marcos (Scenic Design) Zanna King (Lighting Design) Brendan Patick Hogan (Sound Design) Sarah Mosher (Costume Design)
About the Playwright: Lloyd Suh is the author of Charles Francis Chan Jr's Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, and others
West of Lenin Theatre (View)
203 N. 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103