Flushing Town Hall & Queens Council on the Arts

present

Arist Commissioner Program LIVE 

 

PART I: JAIME SUNWOO on THUR, AUG 6, 7 PM EDT

PART II: MARCUS YI on THUR, AUG 13, 7 PM EDT

 

To watch the events live on  FTH's Facebook Page

 

 

In collaboration with Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Commissioning Program, Flushing Town Hall will present two virtual showcases of works in progress. 
 
The first is Jaime Sunwoo’s “Specially Processed American Me,” featuring SPAM, the famous canned meat, in a surreal performance that explores the artist’s Asian American upbringing and her family’s experience of the Korean War. The second work in progress will be Marcus Yi’s “Lucky 88 The Food Court Musical,” inspired by the food courts of Flushing. 

The virtual events will take you behind the scenes with the key players, including the Flushing art commissioners that selected this work and local partners that make the community thrive. Both works, selected by a group of art commissioners who are community members of Flushing, tell untold stories that highlight underrepresented protagonists. The completed works will premier this fall as part of FTH at Home.
 

 

PART I: JAIME SUNWOO on THUR, AUG 6, 7 PM EDT

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Queens Council on the Arts' Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) and Flushing Town Hall are pleased to present ACP Live - a work in progress showcase and discussion of Jaime Sunwoo’s Specially Processed American Me, a new surreal autobiographical performance selected by Flushing art commissioners.
 
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, ACP Art Commissioner and moderator Sejin Park will lead a panel discussion with questions inspired by the themes Sunwoo explores in her play– family, identity, immigration, and war trauma– as an opportunity to reflect on how the war has shaped the Korean American community. We welcome people of all ages to join the conversation. The event will include Korean subtitles.
 
This is a free event with a suggested donation. All proceeds will be donated to Queens Council on the Arts and Korean American Family Service Center.
 
PANELISTS
- Jaime Sunwoo, ACP Awardee in Playwriting
- Sejin Park (moderator), Flushing Art Commissioner & Education Coordinator, The Noguchi Museum
- John Choe, Flushing Art Commissioner & Executive Director, Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce
- Jeehae Fischer, Executive Director, Korean American Family Service Center
- HJ Lee, Co-Founder & Executive Director, KoreanAmericanStory.org
- Heejeong Sohn, Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director, Center for Korean Studies, Stony Brook University
 
About "Specially Processed American Me"
Jaime Sunwoo’s latest project is a surreal autobiographical performance using SPAM, the canned meat, as a portal into her Asian American upbringing and her family's experiences of the Korean War. It investigates SPAM's legacy in the military, its significance in the Asia-Pacific, and its influence on Asian cuisine through music, shadowplay, and cooking. Oscillating wildly between absurd humor and sober tragedy, Specially Processed American Me is a thought-provoking exploration of one of America's most misunderstood foods. More at speciallyprocessed.com
 
Stream it LIVE on QCA's Youtube or FTH's Facebook Page!
 
 
퀸즈 문화예술위원회(QCA)의 작가 의뢰 프로그램(ACP)이 플러싱 타운홀과 손을 잡아 “ACP 라이브”를 공개합니다. 이번 ACP 라이브에서는 현재 제작중인 Jaime Sunwoo 작가의 초현실적 자전적 공연 “Specially Processed American Me”의 쇼케이스 및 관객과의 대화가 있을 예정입니다.
 
ACP의 박세진 위원이 사회를 맡을 본 패널 대화에서는 한국전쟁의 70주기를 맞아 선우 작가의 작품 속에 담긴 가족애, 자아, 이민, 전쟁 트라우마 등의 주제를 통해 한국전쟁이 재미교포 사회에 끼친 영향을 살펴봅니다. 본 행사는 모든 연령대가 참관 가능하며, 한국 자막이 포함됩니다.
 
본 행사의 입장료는 무료이나 기부를 권장하며, 전 금액 퀸즈 문화예술위원회와 뉴욕가정상담소에 전달됩니다.
 
대화 패널
- Jaime Sunwoo (ACP 작가)
- 박세진 (사회자/ACP 플러싱 문화예술 위원/노구치 뮤지엄 교육 코디네이터)
- John Cho (플러싱 문화예술 위원/플러싱 상공회의소 소장)
- 이지혜 (뉴욕가정상담소 소장)
- HJ Lee (KoreanAmericanStory.org 공동 설립자/소장)
- 손희정 (스토니 브룩 대학 교수/한국연구센터 사무차장)
 
ACP 라이브에 대해
라이브 송출로 진행되는 본 행사를 통해 관객들이 작품의 숨겨진 뒷이야기를 만나고 이 작품을 선택한 플러싱 문화예술 위원들과 현지 예술공동체의 주역인 지역사회 대표들을 만날 기회가 되길 바랍니다.
 
"Specially Processed American Me”에 대해
Jaime Sunwoo 작가의 “Specially Processed American Me”는 통조림 식품 스팸을 통해 작가 본인의 재미교포 이야기와 가족들의 한국전쟁 경험담을 함께 살펴보는 초현실적 자전적 공연입니다. 스팸이 군대에 남긴 유산과 아시아 태평양 내의 중요성, 또한 아시아 식문화 전체에 끼친 영향 등을 음악, 그림자 연극, 요리를 통해 탐구합니다. 우스꽝스러운 희극과 냉정한 비극을 동시에 담고 있는 “Specially Processed American Me”는 미국에서 가장 오해받는 이 식품을 재해석하는 도발적 작품입니다. speciallyprocessed.com
 
QCA의 유튜브 채널과 FTH의 페이스북 페이지에서 라이브로 관람하실 수 있습니다.
8/6/2020 목요일 7:00PM-8:00PM EDT
사전예약: https://tinyurl.com/y58nm7wf
 

PART II: MARCUS YI on THUR, AUG 13, 7 PM EDT

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The show is inspired by all of the food courts in Flushing, and uses the food court environment to explore the multi faceted lives of people that the average American might not otherwise get a chance to know. Themes I would like to explore include immigration, workers rights, intergenerational conflict, geriatric dating, and inter-cultural exchange.
 
The show focuses on 3 food stalls and the people that work there: At the hand pulled noodle stall, 60 year old Shen Zha Wang is struggling to put his son through law school. Unbeknownst to him, his son has dropped out and instead wants to take over the family business. At the dumpling stall, 50 year old widow Mei Ling Fu, has moved on from her husband’s death and is now ready to start dating again. At the boba tea stall, 20 year old Fan Fan Xiu really wants to be a hip hop dancer but has to work to pay for her mother’s chemotherapy. 

 

Panels include Marcus Yi, ACP Awardee in Playwriting; Ya Yun Teng, Flushing Art Commissioner; Jamerry Kim, Flushing Art Commissioner; Rob Urbinati, Advisory Panelist & Director of New Play Development, Queens Theatre; Kelly Olshan, QCA Program Manager.

 

This event is a free, pay-what you wish event. All proceeds will support Queens Council on the Arts’ and the community partner’s cultural programming.