nytheatre.com q&a preview by Milee Bang
September 20, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
My parent's sense of adventure led me to being raised in 3 different countries attending 7 different schools. I was born in Seoul, South Korea. Soon after my first birthday we moved to Santiago, Chile where my fondest memories are of sandy beaches and candy bars. At the age of 8, we moved to New York and I've been here since.
What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
"Sleep No More." I loved how it was the theater version of "choose your own adventure." How you had the freedom to explore the space and follow whichever characters you wanted. It's a thrilling way to watch and be a part of theater.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I wanted to act in "Stop Kiss" because it's such a relevant and beautiful play. It's relevant because hate crimes against gay people still do occur and it confronts that issue. It's a beautiful play because at the core, it's a story about commitment.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
All of them. It's smooth, sexy, smart and surprising. You have to come and watch to see WHY.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Being an Asian-American female actor, diversity in theater is hugely important to me. There is so little work out there for Asian-American Actors and in theater it's even more scarce. America is made up of so many different ethnicities and I believe the theater has a responsibility to mirror that. It's unfortunately not the case. Therefore, any opportunity I get to show that diversity in theater is an absolute gift for me.