Set in Brooklyn 2017, PILLOWTALK brings to life one night in the lives of Sam and Buck, a recently married interracial couple. Through a formal exploration of theatrical naturalism and the codified gender norms of ballet’s pas de deux, PILLOWTALK queers the intersections of race, gender, and class to challenge our assumptions of love and marriage. PILLOWTALK confronts the backlash against marriage equality and #BlackLivesMatter, illuminating how liberation and oppression co-exist in our most intimate spaces.

Upcoming World Premiere
The Tank, Jan. 11-27, 2018
Co-Produced by Kyoung’s Pacific Beat and The Tank
Presented by The Exponential Festival
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Learn more about PILLOWTALK
“Kyoung’s Pacific Beat to Bring PILLOWTALK to The Tank this Winter”, Broadwayworld.com. Aug. 2017.
“The Tank Announces New Season, New Home”, Theatermania.com. Aug. 2017.
“Kyoung Park–BAC Story by Diep Tran”, Baryshnikov Arts Center, BAC Story. Jun. 2017.

Creative Team
Written and directed by Kyoung H. Park
Performed by JP Moraga and Basit Shittu
Choreographed by Katy Pyle
Original Music by Helen Yee
Set and Lighting design by Marie Yokoyama
Sound design by Lawrence Schober
Costume design by Andrew Jordan
Dramaturgy by Jess Applebaum
Assistant Direction by Dana Greenfield
Stage Management by Jamie Rose Bukowski

Community Engagement and Outreach Team
Engagement & Communications Strategy by Peoplmovr
Partnerships & Engagement by Shannon Matesky, Peoplmovr
New Media Strategy & Communications by Denise Shu Mei, Peoplmovr
Press Relations by Emily Owens
Graphic Design by Daniel Lim
Marketing Advisement by Sooyoung Hwang
Promotional photography by andytoad

Development Media

BAC Residency-Kyoung Park, Baryshnikov Arts Center. Jul. 2017.


“PillowTalk,” BK Live, BRIC TV. Sept. 2015.

PILLOWTALK was developed in collaboration with: Daniel K. Isaac, Raja Feather Kelly, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Chuan-Chi Chan, Irfan Prawira, Wade Kramm, and Luis Santiago.

Special thanks to: Nic Adams, aricoco, Joseph Blake, Jyana Browne, Brian Dang, Scott Davis, Rachel DeGuzman, John Del Gaudio, Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers, Bryan Glover, Emily Harney, David Herskovits, Steven Hitt, Stephanie Hsu, Aaron Jin, Tahir Karmali, Mike Lew, Todd London, Bruce McCormick, Claire Moodey, Kevin Nadal, Antje Oegel, Quinn Orear, Jorge Ortoll, Handan Ozbilgin, Rey Pamatmat, Ralph Peña, Carlos Salazar, Jennifer Salk, Cara Scarmack, Leslie Schultz, Vernon Scott, Tom Sellar, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Patrick Surillo, Eleanor Wallace, Jennifer Wright Cook, and Michael Yarbrough.

PILLOWTALK received a public reading at the Ma-Yi Writer’s LabFest (June 2014) and was developed in Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Collaborative Theater-Making (March 2014) and the Lark Play Development Center (June 2015). A workshop production of PILLOWTALK was developed in part during a BRIClab Residency at BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY (September 2015), followed by a post-showing artist and audience dialogue featuring Katy Pyle, Artistic Director of Ballez. Kyoung’s Pacific Beat hosted a long-table titled “PILLOWTALK- Post Gay Marriage Politics” moderated by and Stephanie Hsu, Prof. at Pace University, at Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies “After Marriage” Conference (October 2016) and was featured in CUNY’s 2016 Prelude Festival at the Martin Segal Center Theater (October 2016). PILLOWTALK was written with support from a Creative Mellon Fellowship at the University of Washington (February 2017) and was developed in part during a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York NY (March 2017) and presented in LPAC’s Rough Draft Festival 2017 (April 2017). The World Premiere of PILLOWTALK is funded, in part by NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program), WOVEN (We Oppose Violence Everywhere Now), and The Indie Theater Fund.