American Hwangap

by Lloyd Suh

directed by Helen Young

a co-production with A-Squared Theatre

Highly recommended by Third Coast Review, PerformInk, Chicago Theatre Review, and Newcity
Listen to an interview with director Helen Young on WBEZ's Worldview
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February 24 through April 1, 2017

Lloyd Suh’s American Hwangap tells a deftly observant, funny, and moving story about a weekend in the lives of the Chuns, a Korean American family living in suburban Texas in 2005. After abandoning his family to return to his native South Korea, Min Suk Chun abruptly reappears in the lives of his ex-wife and children on the occasion of his hwangap, the traditional way of celebrating one’s 60th birthday in Korean culture. However, his ex-wife and kids, now adults, have moved on and do not welcome the patriarch back into their family. As his birthday approaches, Min Suk struggles to truly reunite his family and obtain forgiveness from the ones he loves most.

Approximate running time: 90 minutes (no intermission)


Cheryl Hamada (Mary Chun)
Gordon Chow (David Chun)
Helen Joo Lee (Esther Chun, Mary Chun U/S)
Jin Kim (Ralph Chun)
Joe Yau (Min Suk Chun)
Jay Españo (David Chun U/S)
Joseph Anthony Foronda (Min Suk Chun U/S)
Francesca Atian (Esther Chun U/S)
Ian Michael Smith (Ralph Chun U/S)

Creative Team

Playwright: Lloyd Suh
Director: Helen Young
Scenic Designer: Andréa Healy
Lighting Designer: Joseph A. Burke
Costume Designer: Noël Huntzinger
Props Designer: Abigail Cain
Technical Director: Giau Truong
Production Stage Manager: Corbin Paulino
Assistant Stage Manager: Ramona Kwye
Producer: Hope Kim
Assistant Director: Liz Rice
Dramaturg: Susan H. Pak
Dialect Coach: Annelise Dickinson
Graphic Designer: Myohan Oh
A-Squared Theatre Producing Artistic Director: Cary Shoda