Production PhotosSee Production Photos of Daniel K. Isaac’s Once Upon a (Korean) Time
Ma-Yi Theater Company presents the new work about experiences of the Korean American diaspora at Off-Broadway’s La MaMa.
August 30, 2022
Daniel K. Isaac’s Once Upon a (Korean) Time began previews August 23 at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre Off-Broadway and will open August 31. Performances of the show, presented by Ma-Yi Theater Company, are scheduled to run through September 18. See photos from the world premiere production below.
Starring in the world premiere are Sonnie Brown, Sasha Diamond, David Lee Huynh, Teresa Avia Lim, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, and Jillian Sun. Daniel K. Isaac and Sami Ma serve as understudies.
Isaac’s playwriting debut interweaves traditional Korean fables with the horrors of the Korean War in a theatrical analog for the experiences of the Korean American diaspora. Covering swathes of time, the new work traces inherited trauma through the generations, and the methods used to manage it.
Obie-winner Ralph B. Peña directs the production, helming the creative team which features scenic designer Se Oh, costume designer Phuong Nguyen, lighting designer Oliver Wason, projection designer Yee Eun Nam, sound designer Fabian Obispo, and props designer Alexander Wylie. Alyssa K. Howard serves as production stage manager.