On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly women spend their dying days diving to harvest seafood. Across the globe, a Korean-Canadian playwright wrestles with the expectation that she write “authentic” stories." More…
From the show:
On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly haenyeos—sea women—spend their dying days diving into the ocean to harvest seafood. Across the globe on the island of Manhattan, a Korean-Canadian playwright, twice an immigrant, spends her days wrestling with the expectation that she write “authentic” stories about her identity. This “fascinating, audacious and deftly satirical” new play by Celine Song, directed by Sammi Cannold, questions what we inherit and challenges who dictates the terms.
See it if you like new work from an underrepresented voice that touches on family history, identity, and artistic voice
Don't see it if you prefer shows that stick to a traditional format, or don't poke fun at the audience and theater in general
See it if you have an interest in the subsistence-level island life in South Korea and the preservation of SK's rapidly vanishing traditional culture.
Don't see it if you dislike plays that are insistently META and self-referential and self-indulgent.
See it if you enjoy a play that surprises you with every turn that it takes.
Don't see it if you aren't a fan of unorthodox narrative structure.
See it if you want to experience a brilliant young playwright’s cutting-edge script that speaks to both the human condition & today’s social order.
Don't see it if you want a traditional play, or don’t feel like thinking about persisting structural racism or the toxic state of real estate in 2020 NYC.
See it if shows how Kor-Am playwright tries 2 find her creative identity; result-story of feisty/hilarious Korean divers that teems w life & loss
Don't see it if awkward 3-part structure moving from realism to meta-ism to absurdism; absurdist satire of white stage managers is blatantly obvious
See it if You want to see an artist finding her voice. You still believe whites control content and perception in art, theater and life.
Don't see it if You are not interested in the unraveling of at least three plots as they then begin to interweave. A tremendous amount of swearing.
See it if Like diving into the unknown, choppy waters of the past with strange surprises and emerging in the present. Interesting immigration story.
Don't see it if Meta, non linear, playwright writing the play in the play, some strange parts aren’t your thing. Cussing older women disturb you.
See it if Delightful and surprising this dual tale has you switching back and forth between older Korean fisherwomen and a contemporary NY playwright.
Don't see it if angsty examination of white-centric male playwrights and cultural disassociation and ancestral heritage
See it if You want to see a brilliant play about family connections, love, heritage and life choices all interwoven in ( at times ) very “ meta “ way.
Don't see it if You like more “ traditional “ plays with a script that follows a kind of predictable path. Some people might find a little self-indulgent.
See it if you want to see three Korean women with a way of life that is quickly becoming extinct - diving in the ocean for subsistence.
Don't see it if you don't like direct address to the audience; the "playwright" agonizing with you; mixing reality with absurdity.
See it if Was expecting (hoping!) to love this, but didn't find it as pointed as it could have been- mostly a little too broad, a little too gimmicky.
Don't see it if Some nice moments (the staging, the diving scenes, the "white play"), but never felt it hit as hard or as smart as it could have.
See it if You like meta theatre and work that pushes boundaries, even if not entirely successfully.
Don't see it if You're looking for something with a true conclusion or a singular idea running things from behind the scenes.
See it if a provocative play about the power of narrative, immigrant stories, theatre-making and the white gaze staged with flair and compassion.
Don't see it if if you meta-theatricality is not your cuppa tea, this is not for you
See it if Exquisite performances. Brilliant, personal, ethereal play about the choices we make in our lives, and how we love when we have no choice.
Don't see it if You don't like plays about women. You don't like plays about people of color. It's kind of a weird, quirky play.
See it if You support multicultural performers, like diverse stories and ambitious narratives
Don't see it if You don’t like the tear the metaphorical meat off the bone when you go to theater. You have to do the work.
See it if you're interested in how non-white writers are trying to deal with the delicate balance of writing something ... (cont. in "more to say")
Don't see it if you don't like meta plays, can't follow 3+ subplots at one time, want to wait until the dialogue/plots are perfected (felt rough-draft-y)
See it if You enjoy inventive theater that does not follow the standard format with funny and interesting characters
Don't see it if You need a traditional plot and aren’t up for being intellectually challenged.
See it if interested in lives of people vastly different from yours and a world away, you enjoy masterfully written plays, especially about women.
Don't see it if you only like musicals, light fare or you lack imagination.
See it if Thought provoking, well acted play about Korea and the also about the challenges of bringing Asian immigrant perspective to American theater
Don't see it if You don’t want to see and hear more about the cultural dominance of white privilege and/ or don’t like didactic theater.
See it if you want to learn about a group of women you may have never known existed you love an expertly-crafted set with tricks up its sleeve
Don't see it if “Meta” storytelling strikes you as self-indulgent You’d prefer one story told well to two stories told muddily
See it if Enjoy smaller stages, want to learn about a culture other than American, want to see underwater on the stage, fun characters, great staging.
Don't see it if You don't like soapbox type plays, plays were actors are breaking the 4th wall a lot.
See it if you want to see a thoughtful, engaging, funny, interesting commentary on the role of race and location in America; it's brilliantly clever!
Don't see it if you need a strongly cohesive narrative; don't like meta theatre