NERO’s “Suck My Violin.” Lyrics and music video direction by Kyoung H. Park. Performed by Dave Gelles, Claudia Acosta, David Anzuelo, Veracity Butcher, Daniel K. Isaac, Sade Namei, Ryan Opalanietet, Kaila Saunders, Imran Sheikh, and Ishmael Thaahir. Original Music by Helen Yee. Set and Video design by Marie Yokoyama. Sound design by Lawrence Schober. Costume design by Andrew Jordan. Dramaturgy by Jess Applebaum. Assistant Direction by Ishmael Thaahir. Vocal Coaching by Rachel Kodweis.

NERO is a Shakespearean, five-act epic that tells the story of George W. Bush’s Presidency and the War on Terror through the subversive, and anachronistic, theatricalization of the rise and fall of Nero’s Roman Empire. Set in 64 AD in Rome’s Palace of the Frogs, NERO is the story of an artist, a lover, America – a tragicomedy.

Written and directed by Kyoung H. Park
Performed by Dave Gelles, Claudia Acosta, Veracity Butcher, Yadira De La Riva, Ariel Estrada, Daniel K. Isaac, Ash Mayers, Kaila Saunders, Imran Sheikh, and Ishmael Thaahir

Creative Team
Original Music by Helen Yee
Set and Props design by Yoon Choi
Costume design by Andrew Jordan
Dramaturgy by Jess Applebaum
Community Engagement by Joe Tolbert, Jr.
Assistant Direction by Ishmael Thaahir
Artistic Advisement by Betsy Theobald Richards

Due to COVID-19, KPB’s 2020-2021 season will be held virtually to fully observe social distancing. We will administer our own online registrations to facilitate digital privacy and safety.

Public Programming

Whiteness on Fire: Building Together”
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Following the Atlanta massacre, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat continues its work with GAPIMNY – Empowering Queer and Trans APIs to host a virtual long-table facilitated by Conrhonda E. Baker (Board Member, Sole Defined) and guest speakers Joyce Adewumi (Founder and President, NYC Multicultural Festival), Carolina Dỗ (Asians4Abolition, The Song Collective), Rohan Zhou-Lee (Founder, Blasian March) and Ishmael Thaahir (Assistant Director, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat NERO).

In light of ongoing anti-Black and anti-Asian violence, how can we manifest freedom and liberation in the face of white supremacy? Please join us as we collectively explore answers to this urgent question by making a reservation here.

KPB’s events are free, online and available to community members of our company and partner organizations. We will center the voices of women of color and our Black Allies and welcome white-identified allies to attend to learn, listen and provide support. For more information about this event, click here.

Whiteness on Fire: Where Are We Now?”
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, in partnership with Black Hammer and GAPIMNY — Empowering Queer and Trans APIs — invites our community members to a sneak peak of NERO and a fishbowl conversation called “Whiteness on Fire: Where Are We Now?” facilitated by Joe Tolbert, Jr.

NERO is a “state of the nation” tragicomedy that invites Black, Indigenous and People of Color to examine how white male supremacy is the root of American Imperialism and how communities of color can take action through grass-roots collective actions to dismantle white supremacist ideology.

Whiteness on Fire: A Cultural Reconstruction”
Monday, October 5, 2020

BIPOC members of our community and our white allies are invited to join us online for an evening of art and social convening. This program features “Suck My Violin,” an original music video produced virtually during this pandemic, followed by an in depth conversation that shifts our current culture forward.

Learn more about NERO
“Fellows Spotlight: Kyoung H. Park”, Hannah Kloepfer, Dramatist Guild Foundation. Sept. 10, 2020.
“Playwright Kyoung H. Park on Peace, Theater and the Artist’s Duty”, Theodore Pavlich, Lambda Literary. May 13, 2019.

Development Credits

NERO received public readings with the Ma-Yi Theater’s Writer’s Lab (February 2015), Sol Project (February 2016), New Ohio Theater’s Producer’s Club (October 2017) and original songs were developed with support of a 2019-2020 Dramatist Guild Fellowship. NERO is currently being developed with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, Jerome Foundation, MAP Fund, and Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.

NERO is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).