How to Be a Korean Woman – is going on the road!

Sun Mee Chomet is taking
“How to Be a Korean Woman”
to Philadelphia!

Photo by Charissa Uemura

Home: Far and Near
A Mini-Festival of Asian American Performance
Thursday December 6 & Friday December 7, 7:30 p.m.

This December, today’s most talented and innovative Asian American performers gather at Asian Arts Initiative from all over the continent! Traditional theater, dance, music, spoken word poetry, video and multi-disciplinary performance forms are used to explore a rich variety of themes that shape contemporary Asian American identity.

Night 1 | Thursday December 6, 7:30 p.m.
Featured Artists:
Gein Wong
Anula Shetty
Sun Mee Chomet

Night 2 | Friday December 7, 7:30 p.m.
Featured Artists:
Kelly Tsai
Traci Kato-Kiriyama and Kennedy Kabasares
Soomi Kim

$15 per ticket | $12 for students | $20 festival pass with special invitation to join artists’ conversations

Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 557-0455 |

Update: Last Minute Seats

From Zaraawar Mistry of Dreamland Arts:
We wanted to let folks know that even though the run is sold-out, we’ve had last minute cancellations for every show so far. So, if you would like to come to the theater before the show to get on the in-person waiting list, you may be able to get in! We can not guarantee a seat, but we have had at least 2-3 empty seats for each show due to last minute cancellations. (FYI: if its a no-show, rather than a cancellation, we can not sell the ticket in case the person arrives late)

Thanks to the adoptee groups and supporters that have made The Origin(s) Project possible!

Dreamland Arts’ mission is to build a healthy community through the arts.
Our goals are to provide high quality arts programming in an intimate, accessible, community-friendly environment. We offer arts-related activities to a neighborhood that is committed to having more of it. We seek to operate a dynamic business built around our individual talents and skills as performers, teachers and producers.
The mission of AK Connection is to be a resource for adult Korean adoptees
in Minnesota by providing information and building a supportive community.
AdopSource is your organization for resources and services relating to the adoptee experience. Our organization supports and values a healthy and informed community of adoptees, their families, and the greater community.
Founded in 1980, Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN) is dedicated to finding permanence for Minnesota children who need families, and advocating on behalf of all members of the adoption triad, as well as training and educating adoption professionals.
Korean Quarterly provides independent and alternative reporting on issues of identity, racism, politics and the arts and is a forum for the ideas and creativity of the whole Korean American community.
AFAAD connects, supports, and advocates for the needs of the African diasporic adoption and foster care community on a global level through community outreach and education, legislative advocacy, research, and social gatherings.
The Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Spoken Word & Poetry Summit is a biennial gathering of artists from the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora representing various disciplines.

Press Release: The Origin(s) Project REMOUNT

August 29, 2012

The Origin(s) Project

Sun Mee Chomet, Katie Hae Leo, and Dreamland Arts present an encore of The Origin(s) Project: Memoirs in Motion, an evening-length pairing of two one-woman shows about the adopted experience. Through innovative performance-based art, The Origin(s) Project seeks to further contribute to the adoptee narrative, told from an adult adoptee perspective.

Leo’s “N/A” uses narrative storytelling and speculative mythmaking to explore her body and personal health, reconciling her present with an unknown genetic past. Chomet’s “How to Be a Korean Woman” recounts her reuniting with her birth family using text, music, and movement, exploring how this affected her sense of what it means to be a woman.

Initially produced in June 2012, the first run of The Origin(s) Project was a certifiable hit! From the beginning, the show received an unprecedented amount of advance press, generating preview articles in every major and community-based media outlet in the Twin Cities, including Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, City Pages, Lavender, Asian American Press, and Minnesota Public Radio. And the good news didn’t stop there. The Origin(s) Project was called “moving and beautiful” by playwright and critic John Olive, “evocative” and “compelling theater” by Star Tribune critic Rohan Preston. Audiences spanned the range of the adoptive community: domestic and international adoptees, adoptive parents, social workers, adoption agency workers, and friends and loved ones of adoptees. It also included theatergoers from all walks of life.

All of this support led to an entirely sold-out run. So, we’re bringing the show back!

While the first run of The Origin(s) Project was funded by a generous grant from MRAC, the artists are seeking funding for the second run entirely through a Kickstarter campaign. To find out more about the show and/or to donate to the Kickstarter, please visit the following links:

Dreamland Arts
Facebook Event Page