Kyoung Update: PILLOWTALK Premieres This Week!


After four years of development, it is my pleasure to invite you to the World Premiere of PILLOWTALK, a co-production between Kyoung’s Pacific Beat and The Tank, presented by The Exponential Festival. Our performances begin this Thursday, Jan. 11th at The Tank, located at 312 W. 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avs.

Set in Brooklyn, 2017, PILLOWTALK brings to life one night in the lives of Sam and Buck, a recently married interracial couple. Through a formal exploration of theatrical naturalism and the codified gender norms of ballet’s pas de deux, PILLOWTALK queers the intersections of race, gender, and class and explores how liberation and oppression co-exist in our most intimate spaces.

PILLOWTALK is performed by JP Moraga (Street Children with Vertigo Theater at The New Ohio, NYTimes Critic’s Pick) and Basit Shittu (Next Faggot Nation at HERE), two queer men of color, in a play written and directed by Kyoung H. Park (Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat) with choreography by Katy Pyle (Artistic Director of Ballez), live music by Helen Yee (Miss Julia at LaMaMa), sound design by Lawrence Schober (Primary with Sanguine Theatre Company), set and lighting design by Marie Yokoyama (Three Trees with Pan Asian Rep), costume design by Andrew Jordan (Christopher Williams’ Il Giardino d’Amore at Danspace Project), and dramaturgy by Jess Applebaum (One Year Lease).

Join us for our first Long Table: Marriage Equality Across Generations this Saturday, Jan. 13th, following our 3pm performance. From Loving vs Virginia to United States vs Windsor, from the AIDS Crisis to PrEP, from the Stonewall Riots to #BlackLivesMatter–where do we go from here? Marriage Equality Across Generations is facilitated by Geoffrey Jackson Scott with Guest Speakers Ira Briones, Kevin Nadal, and myself.

Conceived by Louis Weaver, a long table is a special form of discussion open to the audience in which audience members and invited speakers rotate between moving up to the table when they wish to join the conversation and returning to their seats when they wish to listen.

Purchasing a ticket to ANY PILLOWTALK performance grants you FREE ACCESS to all of our long tables.

Through our performances of PILLOWTALK, Long-Table Conversations, and a robust, communications strategy, it’s my hope that we can advance a public discourse on the issues affecting the QPOC community, while nurturing a safe space that celebrates radical love. My hope is that the The Tank will become a welcoming safe haven that people keep coming back to, so that we sustain an on-going dialogue about how change is still possible—even in these times of darkness—if we keep moving forward together.

Join us in our celebratation: #loveisradical!



Celebrating #loveisradical, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat has partnered with Community Partners API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York), and Indie Theater Fund along with Cultural Partners the Korean Cultural Center and Official Media Partner Culturebot, with support from Peoplemovr, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and ART/NY-NYSCA Creative Opportunity Fund, to center the voices of queer people of color through a series of long-table conversations created in collaboration with our partners to build community, resilience, and resistance.

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