West of Lenin Presents Northwest Premiere of Lloyd ‘s AMERICAN HWANGAP

American Hwangap West of Lenin SIS ProductionsFrom BroadwayWorld:

“I’ve always loved this play. It’s deceptively simple on the page, and incredibly powerful on stage. I’m especially excited to explore the story of the Chun family. We get an intimate portrait of a Korean family, but quickly realize that the immigrant experience has great resonance across cultures, and this play is an inviting exploration of that unique and universal American phenomenon.”
AJ Epstein, Director

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. Happy Birthday!

Produced in conjunction with SIS Productions


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