World Premiere of PILLOWTALK @ The Tank


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 Partner the Korean Cultural Center New York, and Official Media Partner Culturebot with support from PeoplemovrAsian/ 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.

PILLOWTALK’s Long Table Series is curated by Shannon Matesky and Kyoung H. Park and created in collaboration with our partners to build community, resilience, and resistance. Each event will follow 15 minutes after each listed performance date.

Saturday, January 13 @ 3pm
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? This interracial and intergenerational conversation will explore the personal impact of marriage equality in the LGBQT community.
Facilitated by Geoffrey Jackson Scott with Guest Speakers Ira BrionesKyoung H. Park, and more to be announced.

Thursday, January 18 @ 8pm
Trans scholars, artists and activists address the economic vulnerabilities of queer and trans people of color. Do diversity and inclusion agendas make us any safer in the workplace? How do we werk our magic against the patriarchy and white supremacy?
Featuring Guest Speakers Zavé MartohardjonoAzure Osbourne Lee, and Pauline Park and more to be announced.

Thursday, January 25 @ 8pm
This final conversation sheds light on the aggressions and invisibility of QPOC love. What are the spiritual and material dimensions of QPOC love? What are our acts of radical love?
Facilitated by Stephanie Hsu with Guest Speakers Nic KayKirya Trabor and more to be announced.

I hope that you will join us for PILLOWTALK and our Long-Table Conversations to further a public discourse on the issues affecting the QPOC community, while nurturing a safe space that celebrates radical love. Any ticket purchased for PILLOWTALK grants people access to all three, Long-Table Conversations scheduled as part of our run. My hope is that the The Tank will become a welcoming safe haven people can keep coming back to, in order to sustain a dialogue about how change is still possible if we keep moving forward together.

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 to challenge our assumptions of love and marriage. PILLOWTALK confronts the backlash against marriage equality and #BlackLivesMatter, illuminating how liberation and oppression co-exist in our most intimate spaces.

Upcoming World Premiere
The Tank, Jan. 11-27, 2018
Co-Produced by Kyoung’s Pacific Beat and The Tank
Presented by The Exponential Festival
Purchase tickets here!

Creative Team
Written and directed by Kyoung H. Park
Performed by JP Moraga and Basit Shittu
Choreographed by Katy Pyle
Original Music by Helen Yee
Set and Lighting design by Marie Yokoyama
Sound design by Lawrence Schober
Costume design by Andrew Jordan
Dramaturgy by Jess Applebaum
Assistant Direction by Shannon Matesky
Stage Management by Jamie Rose Bukowski

Community Engagement and Outreach Team
Engagement & Communications Strategy by Peoplmovr
Partnerships & Engagement by Shannon Matesky, Peoplmovr
New Media Strategy & Communications by Denise Shu Mei, Peoplmovr
Press Relations by Emily Owens
Graphic Design by Daniel Lim
Marketing Advisement by Sooyoung Hwang
Promotional photography by andytoad

Thank you for supporting Kyoung’s Pacific Beat. If you can’t join us for our production, please consider making a tax-deductible, year-end gift via our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.

Peace, and best wishes for the New Year,

Kyoung H. Park

PILLOWTALK’s Long Table Conversation Series is presented by Kyoung’s Pacific Beat and Peoplmovr in collaboration 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; Cultural Partner: Korean Cultural Center; and Media Partner: Culturebot. Promotional support for PILLOWTALK and the Long Table Conversation series is provided by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Funding support provided by ART/NY-NYSCA Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program).

PILLOWTALK received a public reading at the Ma-Yi Writer’s LabFest (June 2014) and was developed in Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Collaborative Theater-Making (March 2014) and the Lark Play Development Center (June 2015). A workshop production of PILLOWTALK was developed in part during a BRIClab Residency at BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY (September 2015). Kyoung’s Pacific Beat hosted a long-table titled “PILLOWTALK- Post Gay Marriage Politics” at Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies “After Marriage” Conference (October 2016) and was featured in CUNY’s 2016 Prelude Festival at the Martin Segal Center Theater (October 2016). PILLOWTALK was written with support from a Creative Mellon Fellowship at the University of Washington (February 2017) and was developed in part during a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York NY (March 2017) and presented in LPAC’s Rough Draft Festival 2017 (April 2017). The World Premiere of PILLOWTALK is funded, in part by NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program), WOVEN (We Oppose Violence Everywhere Now), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, and The Indie Theater Fund.


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