Cycle 1: AMERICAN HWANGAP
The inaugural project is AMERICAN HWANGAP by Lloyd Suh. The consortium of theaters that produced this play consists of The Magic Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater and The Play Company and Tanghalang Pilipino in the Philippines. Productions took place Spring 2009-Fall 2010.
AMERICAN HWANGAP is a quintessential homecoming story. On the momentous occasion of his sixtieth (his “hwangap”) birthday, a Korean immigrant returns to Texas to reunite with the family he abandoned 15 years before. As the birthday celebration unfolds, his wife and their three grown kids must traverse their own broken past to allow for the promise of a future.
About Lloyd Suh
Lloyd Suh joined The Lark in 2011. He is the author of American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, and others, produced with Ma-Yi, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama ETC, Magic Theatre (SF), Denver Center Theatre Company, East West Players (LA), and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, the Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays Into the Repertoire initiative via The Lark, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, TCG and Dramatists Guild. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theater magazine. He is an alum of EST’s Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.