On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly haenyeos—sea women—spend their dying days diving into the ocean to harvest seafood. Across the globe on the island of Manhattan, a Korean-Canadian playwright, twice an immigrant, spends her days wrestling with the expectation that she write “authentic” stories about her identity. This “fascinating, audacious and deftly satirical” new play by Celine Song, directed by Sammi Cannold, questions what we inherit and challenges who dictates the terms.
World Premiere Play By Celine Song Directed by Sammi Cannold February 26 – March 17, 2019 at Loeb Drama Center
On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly women spend their dying days diving into the ocean and harvesting seafood with rusty knives. They are “haenyeos”—sea women—and they have no heirs to their millennium-old tradition. Directed by Sammi Cannold (Violet at A.R.T., Ragtime on Ellis Island), Celine Song’s Endlings follows these extraordinary women both on land and underwater as they swim beneath the waves and reach beyond the shores of their tiny island.
“After a summer’s worth of intense work on the part of producer/writer/director/leading lady Katrina Day, Lady Parts: The Webseries has finally been released to the world in all its snarky feminist glory!
For those who haven’t been following Lady Parts, let me catch you up: In early 2014, fed up with the blatant (and not-so-blatant) sexism she continually encountered in casting breakdowns, actress/writer Katrina Day started a blog called Some Lady Parts to call attention to this phenomenon and provide other frustrated female actors like herself a place to commiserate. The blog went viral, getting attention from established outlets like Elle, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and BUST Magazine – even Radio New Zealand! Katrina decided she’d turn this buzz into an opportunity for herself and some other talented young women to create their own work, and after a very successful crowdfunding campaign, Lady Parts: The Webseries was born. In her own words: “Lady Parts is a new feminist comedy about young female actors, the sexist nonsense they encounter on the job, and the moments that push them to stand up and fight back against it. One part sketch comedy, one part pop-culture criticism, all served up with a healthy dose of snark, Lady Parts is a look at the situation on the ground in the trenches of the entertainment industry.”
When Katrina approached me about playing the role of “Katrina’s” hapless but well-meaning significant other, Joel, I jumped at the chance to both share the screen with a good friend and to support this important project. And the results are excellent! You can watch the whole first season on YouTube below – I’m in the first and the final episodes, so you’ll just have to binge watch all 10 to catch me! If you like what you see, give Lady Parts some love on their blog or YouTube channel, and stay tuned for Season Two!”