Category Archives: Spoken Drama

Toilet People: Representing Struggles of North Korean Refugees on Stage

I found the flyer by chance (after a meeting for our then upcoming symposium “Pansori in Europe”) at the Korean Culture Center in Berlin. Playwright Lee Yeo-Jin (이여진) would present and talk about her recent work Toilet People (토일릿 피플, … Continue reading

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The Conversations are (Not) Over

The Conversations are over, at least in Braunschweig, where Creative VaQi’s play The Conversations (크리에이티브 바키, 몇 가지 방식의 대화들), directed by Kyung Sung Lee (이경성) was shown last weekend at the Theaterformen-festival. And The Conversations just begun – in the … Continue reading

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Struggling with the Korean Past: Book Review of Plays by Oh Tae-Suk in German Translation

Last summer in Berlin, I received a book for review, a collection of plays by Korean dramatist Oh Tae-Suk (오태석) in German translation: Mumiengrab und andere Theaterstücke (The Grass Tomb and other Plays, Edition Peperkorn, 2013). I knew one of … Continue reading

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Drama, Theatre, and the Korean Shakespeare

Last Christmas, Charles Montgomery of the blog “Korean Literature in Translation” wrote a short but thought-provoking post on the role of drama (i.e. dramatic literature) in Korea. Referencing a paper by Chan E. Park and the Wikipedia-entry on “Korean Theatre”, … Continue reading

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Congratulations: Taroo’s Gugak Musical Among Top Seven Performances of 2013

I bought my monthly issue of The Korean Theatre Review (한국연극) early this December. I was surprised to see one of my favorite pansori ensembles, the Gugak Musical Collective Taroo (국악뮤지컬집단 타루) on the cover. As I skimmed through the … Continue reading

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The Golden Dragon

Five actors dressed in white, stirring their spoons in bowls made of stainless steel—from time to time this piece reminded me of the crazy cooks of Nanta, the notorious “non-verbal” performance I saw when I first visited Korea back in 2006. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Korea, two years later

After almost two years of review-limbo, my paper “To Be or Not To Be (Korean): Lee Youn-taek’s Hamlet and the Reception of Shakespeare in Korea” is now finally available for download at the German Shakespeare Society. As part of the … Continue reading

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