Walter Chon (Theatre Arts) Publishes Interview Article on NYC-Seoul Collaboration Production

By Walter Byongsok Chon, May 21, 2022

Walter Byongsok Chon, Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies, publishes an interview article on “The Legend of the Waitress & the Robber” in the online global journal The Theatre Times.

This piece is a collaboration between the NYC-based Concrete Temple Theatre and the Korean companies, Playfactory Mabangzen and Yellow Bomb.

Excerpt from the Article:

“The piece is described as: ‘Set in a dystopian society, The Legend of The Waitress & The Robber is a comic-book-style mash-up inspired by Friedrich Schiller’s play The Robbers and the Korean novel The Story of Hong Gildong, both Robin Hood-style stories of individuals betrayed by their families. With nods to Weill and Brecht, the characters sing and dance as they fight for what they believe, challenging the timeworn concepts of family and perceptions of ownership and justice.

The Waitress, fed up with watching her elderly customers be mistreated by their children, kidnaps these seniors so she can give them the care they deserve. Meanwhile, the Second Son, accused by his brother of being a thief, becomes a robber who ‘liberates’ people from the clutches of their cellular devices.’

The origin of this The Legend of The Waitress & The Robber goes back to 2017, when writer/director Renee Philippi received an Asian Cultural Council grant to study contemporary Korean theater practices. A meeting with members of Playfactory Mabangzen in Seoul in 2018 sparks the collaboration, which leads to several trips, workshops, and residencies across Seoul and NYC over the next few years. Finally, The Legend of The Waitress & The Robber will receive its world premiere performances at PS21-Chatham (May 21 – 22, 2022) and at Dixon Place (May 25 – 29, 2022) in New York City, in partnership with Korean Cultural Center New York (KCCNY). Written by Renee Philippi and directed by Renee Philippi and Eric Nightengale, with an original score by Lewis Flinn, this piece will be performed in English and Korean, with subtitles for both . . . .”

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