American Hwangap Begins Off-Broadway Run May 9

News   American Hwangap Begins Off-Broadway Run May 9 The Play Company and Ma-Yi Theater co-present the New York premiere of Lloyd Suh's American Hwangap, which begins previews May 9 at Off-Broadway's The Wild Project.
James Saito
James Saito

Directed by Trip Cullman, the production will officially open May 17. The cast comprises James Saito (TV's "Eli Stone" and Obie winner for Durango), Michi Barall (Charles Mee's Queens Boulevard), Mia Katigbak (Dogeaters), Peter Kim (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Hoon Lee (Yellowface).

The new comedy, according to press notes, is "set in a West Texas suburb where a Korean American family prepares for the return of the husband and father who left them 15 years earlier to go back to his native Korea. Having chosen to return to the U.S. to celebrate his 'hwangap' — the Korean expression for the traditional, much-revered milestone of one's 60th birthday — patriarch Min Suk Chun sets off all manner of comic and heart-wrenching speculation and suspicion amongst his wife and grown children about the real reason for his homecoming. That one of them should end up sitting naked in a tree before the 'hwangap' is concluded is just part of what makes this family reunion so memorable and unique."

The production features scenic design by Erik Flatmo, costume design by Junghyun Georgie Lee, lighting design by Paul Whitaker and sound design by Fitz Patton.

Lloyd Suh is also the author of The Children of Vonderly, The Garden Variety and Masha No Home.

Show times are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Saturdays at 3 PM and Sundays at 4 PM.

The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street. Tickets, priced $25, are available by calling (212) 352-3101.

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American Hwangap opens in New York following its world premiere in April at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco.