TALA blends the semiautobiographical story of a gay, Korean-Chilean playwright living in America with the tale of Pepe and Lupe, two lovers inspired by Chilean poets Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral. This surreal tragicomedy delves deep into the absurdities of being an artist while trying to write within the margins of so many broken systems.

World Premiere
The Performance Project @ University Settlement
January 8th-23rd, 2015

Written and directed by Kyoung H. Park
Produced by Kyoung’s Pacific Beat

Performed by
Rafael Benoit
Flor De Liz Perez
Daniel K. Isaac

Set design by Marie Yokoyama
Lighting design by Chuan-Chi Chan
Sound design by Chris Barlow and Lawrence Schober
Costume design by Elizabeth Barrett Groth
Original Music Composed by Svetlana Maras
Choreography by Yin Yue
Video design by John Knowles
Installation art by Jason Krugman
Dramaturgy by Sarah Rose Leonard
Stage Management by Luis E. Santiago
Assistant Director: Irfan Prawira
Consulting Producer: Dorit Avganim

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Development and Production History

TALA was written under the mentorship of Lee Breuer with support of an Artist grant from the Vermont Studio Center. It was later developed at the Ma-Yi Theater Company and Lark Play Development Center, and workshopped at HERE Arts Center and Columbia University’s New Plays Now 2012 at the ToRoNaDa Theater (all New York City). The workshop production of TALA was produced by Amanda Crater, with dramaturgy by Keren Toledano. The World Premiere of TALA was presented at the Performance Project @ University Settlement (New York City) as an Artist-in-Residence project with support from a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

 Photography by Andy Yao and Marie Yokoyama