CONGRATULATIONS TO EST/LA ARTISTS
DAVID JOHANN KIM and ROSIE NARASAKI, 2022 LANPP GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS!
This year, two of the four plays selected for awards by the Los Angeles New Play Project were authored by one playwright.
EST/LA Member David Johann Kim’s Two Stop will be staged by EST/LA, and his
Pang Spa will be premiered by Chalk Repertory Theatre. Both plays are set in the Los Angeles Korean community in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict and are related in character and theme. Two Stop takes place in a Korean-owned convenience store on April 29, 1992, the night the verdict from the Rodney King trial became the flash point for the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising. Set on the outskirts of LA’s Koreatown, Kim’s Pang Spa depicts the lives of a formerly prosperous grocery family whose business was destroyed that night.
DAVID JOHANN KIM
EST/LA New West Alumnus Rosie Narasaki’s Unrivaled has been co-produced by Playwrights’ Arena and Boston Court Pasadena. Based on two renowned Japanese female writers of the 11th century, the play pulls back the curtain on gender politics, sexuality, and class structure in a period that draws parallels to contemporary Western culture.
The LOS ANGELES NEW PLAY PROJECT, founded to support original works presented on the Los Angeles stage, will award each of the selected playwrights $20,000, with an additional $20,000 going to each of the four producing entities that have agreed to produce the winning plays.