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School of Theater Presents When Spring Comes to Hills and Dales

Written by In Hun ChoiTranslated by Sun Ah Jung
Arranged & Directed by Yongsuk Yoo

Valencia (CA)When Spring Comes to Hills and Dales, a Korean folktale in its American premiere will be presented by the California Institute of the Arts’ School of Theater, adapted and directed by MFA directing student Yongsuk Yoo. Rooted in poetry and movement, the play challenges the elements of design and transnational experiences through the power of storytelling, contemporary Korean culture, and the exchange of cultural practices and ideas.

When Spring Comes to Hills and Dales will be presented for both
the CalArts and the greater Los Angeles Korean communities and is
sponsored in part by the Los Angeles Korea Foundation.

When Spring Comes to Hills and Dales
will be performed in the Ensemble Theatre II (E407) at the California Institute of the Arts, located at 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, California, 91355. Performances are scheduled with two previews beginning Friday, December 6, 2013 and four supplemental performances through Wednesday, December 11, 2013.  All evening shows are scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. and the Saturday matinee will begin at 2:00 p.m. For ticketing and performance information, please visit www.calartsticketoffice.eventbrite.com

Through timeless Korean folklore, When Spring Comes to Hills and Dales reveals the life of a family torn by the ailments of traditional society. Faced with the restraints of loneliness, loss, and love, the play follows the family’s journey for freedom of a different lens. A native of Seoul, Korea, director Yongsuk Yoo shares that “…The performance is not only just an opportunity for storytelling, but also a kind of meditation and contemplation about the life of human beings who are silent and oppressed in modern society.” Representing the diversity of talent from the international community on the CalArts campus, Yoo hopes to forge the combination of foreign artists who have western worldview experiences with the multiplicities of Korean traditional culture. 

Published in 1977, When Spring Comes to Hills and Dales will host its American and international premieres on the CalArts stage. Playwright and novelist In Hun Choi, professor emeritus at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, creates most of his work centered on individuals suffering from the ideological conflicts around Korean national separation. In this translation, Yoo uses original music, video design, shadow play, and scenic elements to transform the story for American audiences. “The overall goal is to not only understand, but to feel the experience being shared on stage…” Yoo adds. 

For production related questions, please contact:
Nijeul Porter, Producer
nijeulporter@alum.calarts.edu

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Production Schedule

Previews 
Friday, Decmebr 6, 2013 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 2 p.m.

Performances
Saturday, December 7, 2013 8 p.m. (Opening)
Monday, December 9, 2013 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8 p.m.

About the Director

Yongsuk Yoo, a second-year MFA directing student, is the co-founder of both the Art Creation Group Directing Studio  and the Dream Play Theater Company, both of Korea. He has worked in the capacity of professor at the Daeduk Univeristy Department of Acting and Musical Theater and instructor at the Hanyang University Department of Theater and Film. His directing credits include Shall We Walk? It’s Fine Outside, 10th Batter, A Story of Caterpillar, S.T.A.R., The Mona Lisa, Wait, and The Collection with premieres and performances in and around Korea. The CalArts production of When Spring Comes to Hills and Dales will be his American premier in the role of director.

About the Korea Foundation

As a lead organization of Korea’s international exchange and public diplomacy initiatives, the Korea Foundation communicates and interacts with the world so that Korea and its people can be better understood throughout the global community. In doing so, the Foundation strives to make friends with people across the world, along with enhancing Korea’s global stature. To fulfill our mission, the Korea Foundation extends support to promote Korean Studies education worldwide, in addition to bringing the richness and vibrancy of Korean culture, including hallyu (Korean Wave), to global audiences. Of note, the Foundation implements a variety of programs to share Korea’s “success story,” in terms of its acclaimed economic development and notable transition to a liberal democracy, to help advance the world’s prosperity and well-being.

Last edited by mcrane on Dec 10, 2013
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