By Ling-Mei Wong
Playwright Mia Chung celebrated her new play in Boston on Jan. 5.
Chung’s play “You for Me for You” will be presented by Company One from Jan. 18 to Feb. 16 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre. The new play was produced in November by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., the first of Chung’s works to appear onstage.
The play is about two sisters in North Korea who decide to flee. One stays behind, while the other sister reaches New York and raises money to bring her sister overseas.
“You for Me for You” refers to the sisters’ efforts to help each other. “One theme of the play is sacrifice,” Chung said. “As family sacrifices for each other, it’s an ongoing chain.”
More than 60 actors, community activists and supporters gathered at the home of Mary Chin, president of the Asian American Civic Association. (The Sampan is published by the AACA.)
Guests watched a scene from the play and enjoyed two piano solos by Soomi Lee. Lee’s mother escaped from North Korea, making the play deeply personal. Like the protagonist Junhee, she never saw her siblings again.
“The script is beautiful, relevant, important and necessary,” said Shawn LaCount, artistic director for Company One. “The play is valuable for its social mission, not just entertainment.”
“It’s a dangerous play; it’s a funny play,” LaCount said. With North Korea launching nuclear missiles, Chung’s work reflects current events. At the same time, Chung celebrates universal themes that transcend borders.
For more information on “You for Me For You,” please visit www.companyone.org.
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