Dmae Roberts talks with playwright Mia Chung whose play You for Me for You opens February 3–28 at Portland Playhouse directed by Gretchen Corbett. Chung  is in residence at the theatre and joins Dmae in the studio for a live interview. Some of the topics they cover include Paula Vogel’s advice of writing the “impossible play” with the idea that if you dream up something seemingly impossible, theatre artists get more exited to create it. She  talks about the process of writing language to inspire actors and calls them “exquisite miracles of human expression.” Chung also reads one particular poetic passage of stage directions from the play. Hear this engaging talk. 

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2011 — 2018
MiaChungMia Chung is the author of You for Me for You, Catch as Catch Can, This Exquisite Corpse, Skin in the Game, an adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao, and We Spend Our Lives.

You for Me for You will have its UK premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in December 2015. The play premiered in 2012 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in DC (in association with Ma-Yi Theatre Company and supported by an NEA grant) and had a second production at Company One in Boston. This upcoming season it will run at Portland Playhouse and Mu Performing Arts Center.

She has received awards and fellowships from Southern Rep, RISCA, TCG, and others; and her work has been developed by the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Civilians’ R&D Group, Doorway Arts Ensemble, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Inkwell, Kennedy Center, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Page Salon, Playwrights Realm, and Stella Adler Studio.

She is a member of New Dramatists, a playwriting fellow of the Huntington Theatre, and an emeritus member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. She attended Yale (BA); the University of Dublin, Trinity College (M.Phil.); and Brown (MFA). Mia_Dmae


static1.squarespaceYOU FOR ME FOR YOU
By Mia Chung
Directed by Gretchen Corbett

As they attempt to flee the Best Nation in the World, North Korean sisters Minhee and Junhee are torn apart at the border. Each must race across time and space to be together again—navigating the perilous Land of the Free and the treacherous terrain of personal belief.

The Independent review of Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court production – 2015

Boston Globe review of Company One’s production – 2013

Photo by Laura Domela.

February 3 – February 28

Evening shows begin at 7:30pm
Matinees at 2:00pm

602 NE Prescott St.
Portland, OR 97211

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