From February 1-25, 2018, Fremont’s 88 seat black box theatre and studio space, West of Lenin will host the play, American Hwangap, by playwright, Lloyd Suh.

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Directed by AJ Epstein and produced in association with SIS Productions, American Hwangap tells the story of Min Suk Chun, who some 15 years earlier left his family in a West Texas suburb to return to his native Korea. On the occasion of his 60th birthday (hwangap), a milestone signifying the completion of the Eastern Zodiac and a type of rebirth, he returns to his ex-wife and now adult children as they struggle to reconcile their broken past with the mercurial, verbose and often exasperating patriarch now back at the head of the table. Through a tense birthday weekend filled with humor, heartbreak and half-filled expectations, this American hwangap and its aftermath bears a family not quite whole but still somehow transformed, and not quite happy but still somehow beautiful.

Michael Cercado as Ralph Chun
Kathy Hsieh as Mary Chun
Mara Palma as Esther Chun
Stephen Sumida as Min Suk Chun
Moses Yim as David Chun

American Hwangap cast during a script reading at West of Lenin. From right: Stephen Sumida, Kathy Hsieh, Mara Palma. (Photo Credit: AJ Epstein)

Founded in 2011, West of Lenin was created to offer a venue for Seattle’s most interesting and adventurous artists, as well as the re-establishment of a permanent, live performance venue in Fremont. Since opening their doors, West of Lenin has housed many talents, both locally and from across the country within all genres of performance and visual art.

February 1 – 25, 2018
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West of Lenin
203 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

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