AUBERGINE

By Julia Cho | Directed by Todd Salovey 

January 24 – February 17, 2019 in the Lyceum Space Theatre

Press Opening: Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 PM

Director: Todd Salovey
Scenic Design: Justin Humphres
Costume Design: Elisa Benzoni
Sound Design: Melanie Chen Cole
Lighting Design: Kristin Swift
Stage Manager: Marie Jahelka*
Assistant Stage Manager: Kira Vine
Associate Director: Carla Harting
Dramaturgical Consultant: Dr. Elise Kim Prosser
Dramaturgical Consultant: Walter Byongsok Chon
Dramaturgical Coordinator: Gursimrat Kaur
Production Manager: Chelsea Smith
Casting Director: Kim Heil

*Denotes Member of Actors’ Equity Association

 

Cast

Ray: Brian Kim*
Ray’s Father: Dana Lee*
Cornelia/Nurse: Audrey Park*
Lucien: Terrell Donnell Sledge*
Uncle/Stranger: Yong Kim
Diane: Amanda Sitton*

 

Synopsis

When words fail, a home-cooked meal transcends differences in this touching story of intergenerational connectedness, forgiveness and the sweetest spice of life: love. As a Korean family struggles to relate across emotional and cultural divides, it’s the ingredients they share in common that lead to understanding. Aubergine is a mouthwatering meditation on the beauty of life where hope is no mere ingredient, it’s the main course.

 

 


Press Photos

Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Dana Lee. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan 
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Dana Lee. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan 
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Dana Lee. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan 
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Dana Lee. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan 
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Audrey Park. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Audrey Park. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Audrey Park. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Yong Kim, Brian Kim, Dana Lee. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Yong Kim, Brian Kim, Dana Lee. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Yong Kim, Audrey Park, Brian Kim, Terrell Donnell Sledge, and Dana Lee. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Yong Kim, Audrey Park, Brian Kim, Terrell Donnell Sledge, and Dana Lee. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (Left to right): Director Todd Salovey, Yong Kim, Audrey Park, Brian Kim, Terrell Donnell Sledge, and Dana Lee. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Audrey Park, & Brian Kim. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Yong Kim, Audrey Park, & Brian Kim. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
 
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Audrey Park. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Audrey Park. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
 

Rehearsal Photos

Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Dana Lee. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan 

Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Audrey Park, Yong Kim, Dana Lee & Brian Kim. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan

Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim, Dana Lee, Yong Kim & Audrey Park. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan

Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Brian Kim & Audrey Park. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan

Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Yong Kim & Audrey Park. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan
Click here for photo. Caption (left to right): Audrey Park & Yong Kim. Photo Credit: Peggy Ryan

 

Headshots


 

Brian Kim (Ray)
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Dana Lee (Ray's father)
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Audrey Park (Cornelia)
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Terrell Donnell Sledge (Lucien)
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Yong Kim (Uncle)
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Amanda Sitton (Diane)
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Julia Cho (Playwright)
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Todd Salovey (Director)
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Bios

 

Julia Cho (Playwright): Julia’s plays include Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss and 99 Histories. Her work has been produced at The Vineyard Theatre, The Public Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory, New York Theatre Workshop, East West Players, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Theatre Mu and Silk Road Theatre Project, among others. Honors include the 2005 Barrie Stavis Award, the 2005 Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists and the 2004 L. Arnold Weissberger Award. She was also a two-time finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. An alumna of The Julliard School and NYU’s Graduate Dramatic Writing Program, Julia also served as a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

Todd Salovey (Director & San Diego REP Associate Artistic Director): Todd is in his 29th season at The REP.  He is founding Artistic Director of The REP’s Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival and last year was honored for its 25th anniversary.  Recent REP directing credits include Outside Mullingar and the world premiere of The Dybbuk for Hannah and Sam’s Wedding, which he also wrote, and Herbert Siguenza's Steal Heaven.  Other REP work with Siguenza includes the premieres In the Time of the Butterflies and A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, which has also played at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Denver Center, Arizona Theatre Co, San Jose Stage, Los Angeles Theatre Center and Center Arts REP.  Acclaimed REP shows include A Hammer, A Bell and A Song to Sing, and The Blessing of a Broken Heart, which he authored, The Dybbuk, King LearUncle Vanya, The Illusion, the world premiere of Yehuda Hyman’s The Mad Dancers and Hamlet starring Jefferson Mays. Salovey is on faculty in Theatre and Dance, and the Rady School of University of California, San Diego, where he received a 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Brian Kim (Ray): As a Korean-American adoptee from Minnesota, the role of “Ray” is a gift, and Brian is forever grateful for Julia Cho’s beautiful writing. Recent credits include: The Emperor’s Nightingale (Pan Asian Rep), Labour of Love (Olney Theatre Center), The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity (Theatre Mu) and Dinner with Georgette (NYTW). Other credits include: NAAP, Prospect Theatre Company, Ordway Center, Guthrie Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Children’s Theatre Company and Village Theatre. FILM/TV include: “Pokémon,” “Regal Academy,” “We Speak NYC,” “Naughty Nuts,” “Last Man,” “The Beach House” (2018 AAFL Best Actor) and “The Struggle” (2018 GFF Best Actor). Much love to Avalon, my friends and San Diego REP – for mom and dad and 엄마 and 아빠.

Dana Lee (Ray’s Father): Dana is a veteran actor of stage, motion pictures and television for almost 50 years. You may remember him as D. K. (Ken Jeong’s character’s dad) on the TV series “Dr. Ken.” In theatre, he has performed on such prestigious venues as The Public Theatre, The Joyce, Singapore Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum and The Doolittle, in plays by Shakespeare to Albee and notable Asian-American playwrights as Frank Chin, Wakako Yamauchi and Phillip Gotanda. Dana was also a major force in the development of East West Players, the nation’s premiere Asian-American theatre group.  Dana’s movie credits include “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” “Lethal Weapon 4,” “Pineapple Express” and “The Honeymooners.” Dana also has over 50 TV credits, going all the way back to “Kung Fu.” Other notable credits include recurring roles on “Hawaii Five-0” (both versions), “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Dynasty” and the aforementioned “Kung Fu.” Dana is looking forward to his debut performance at San Diego REP and feels honored to be working in a Julia Cho play.

Audrey Park (Cornelia): Audrey is an actor and community organizer from Minneapolis, MN. She is happy to be joining San Diego REP for the first time. Credits include: Penumbra Theatre (For Colored Girls), Ten Thousand Things Theatre (Pericles; Electra), Theatre Mu (You For Me For You; Purple Cloud; Twelfth Night; Middle Brother). She has also worked with Pillsbury House Theatre, Frank Theatre and History Theatre. As a teaching artist, Audrey facilitates workshops with Penumbra Theatre and Theatre Mu. Audrey sees art as a strong tool for social justice, and is committed to working with people to effect social change on a local level. 

Terrell Donnell Sledge (Lucien): Terrell is thrilled to make his San Diego REP debut. Regional: Hartford Stage CompanyCincinnati PlayhouseRepertory Theatre of St. Louis; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Lyric Stage Co.The Eugene O’Neill Memorial TheatreActor’s Theatre of Louisville Humana FestivalMerrimack Repertory Theatre; Pioneer Theatre Co; Trinity Rep Co.; Cygnet Theatre; Commonwealth Shakespeare CoNYC: Boundless Theatre Company; Lark TheatreP73; Naked Angels. TV/Film: CBS: “Elementary;” New Millenium Studios: “Blues in the Night,” “Troop 491.” Other Selected Credits: Much Ado About Nothing, How We Got On, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark , Find and Sign, Dunkfest ’88, Vieux Carre, Blood Knot, The Duchess of Malfi, We Are Proud to Present…, The Piano LessonBetrayal (directed), The Most Humane Way to Kill a Lobster (directed), Sally’s Rape (directed). Terrell holds an M.F.A. from Brown University/Trinity Rep and is a Yale University graduate. @thetdsledge.

Yong Kim (Uncle): Yong is a Korean actor raised in 7 countries/5 continents, who regards Seoul, London and Los Angeles as home. He appears in Sundance films “Spa Night” and “Dog Bowl.” As well as such TV shows as “The Last Ship,” “The League” and “Murder in the First.” Yong is excited to be making his debut at San Diego REP!

Amanda Sitton (Diane): Selected theater credits include: The Oldest Boy, Road to Mecca, Doubt (SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Featured Performance) A Christmas Carol (San Diego REP), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Voice of the Prairie, Collected Stories, Amy’s View (North Coast Rep), Maple and Vine, Glass Menagerie, It’s A Wonderful Life (Cygnet Theatre, Resident Artist) Comedy of Errors, Golden Boy (SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Lead Performance), Sailor’s Song (New Village Arts), Fair Use, Torch Song Trilogy (Diversionary Theatre). Ms. Sitton received her BA in Theatre from UCSD.

 
 
 
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