International Martial Arts Hit Jump Announces Cast for U.S. Premiere

News   International Martial Arts Hit Jump Announces Cast for U.S. Premiere
Casting has been announced for the Korean martial arts event, Jump, slated for a fall Off-Broadway bow at the Union Square Theatre.

The 90-minute martial arts-based spectacle centers on a Korean family, including such characters as a drunken uncle and crotchety grandfather, who, according to production notes, "enjoy nothing more than challenging the rest of the family to martial arts showdowns. When two burglars break into the house occupied by three generations of highly trained martial artists, the family turns their expertise on the unexpected guests. The hyperactive sitcom that ensues is the ideal forum for this troupe to show off their extensive training in martial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics and comic acting."

In order to meet the demands of the highly physical production, Jump has been double cast.

Included for the American premiere cast are Sang-Cheul Lee and Chang-Young Kim (Grandfather), Cheol-Ho Lim and Joo-Sun Kim (Father), Hyun-Ju Kim and Kyung-Hyun Kim (Mother), Han-Chang Lim and Young-Jo Choi (Uncle), Hee-Jeong Hwang and Kyung-Ae Hong (Daughter), Byung-Eun Yoo and Dong-Kyun Kim (Son-in-law), Yun-Gab Hong (Burglar 1), Seung-Youl Lee and Tae-Sung Kim (Burglar 2) and Woon-Yong Lee (Old Man).

The New York creative team for Jump includes Tae-Young Kim (scenic design), DOLSILNAI, INC. (costumes), Jong-Wah Park, Sung-Bin Lim (lighting), Dong-June Lee (music), Gye-Hwan Park (martial arts choreography) and Pan Company (make-up design). CAMI Ventures, a subsidiary of Columbia Artists Management, Inc produces Jump for American audiences.

Jump is similar in vein to Off-Broadway productions like Stomp, Slava's Snowshow and Blue Man Group in that the visual and physical elements of the production are used to tell the story rather than relying on language. Some have described the highly physical, family-friendly production as "Jackie Chan meets Charlie Chaplin." Created by Yegam Theatre Company (Producer, Kyung-Hun Kim/Artistic Director, Chul-Ki Choi), Jump has undergone a bit of fine-tuning for Western audiences. David Ottone was brought in to clarify moments and adapt culture specific reference for broader audience appeal, while expanding some of the martial-arts fight scenes.

Jump proved so successful in its 2003 Seoul debut that the production continues to play a sold-out run in downtown Seoul in a theatre built specifically to house the production. In addition, productions of Jump are underway in Russia, China, Malaysia and Australia.

Jump begins performances at the Union Square Theatre Sept. 25, with an opening set for Oct. 15. Tickets for the Off-Broadway production of Jump are available by visiting or by calling (212) 307-4100.

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