James Elden's Playwright's Spotlight

Developmental Struggles, Embracing Rejection, and "Overnight" Success - Playwright's Spotlight with David Johann Kim

May 14, 2024 James Elden/David Johann Kim Season 3 Episode 13
Developmental Struggles, Embracing Rejection, and "Overnight" Success - Playwright's Spotlight with David Johann Kim
James Elden's Playwright's Spotlight
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James Elden's Playwright's Spotlight
Developmental Struggles, Embracing Rejection, and "Overnight" Success - Playwright's Spotlight with David Johann Kim
May 14, 2024 Season 3 Episode 13
James Elden/David Johann Kim

David Johann Kim stopped by Playwright's Spotlight to discuss his two new simultaneous running plays and the process in which they were developed, their similarities surrounding the same historical event, and the collaborative process working with two different troupes and directors and his "overnight" success. We also discuss the value of workshops, recording notes opposed to writing them, fighting with structure, the Joint-Stock Method, discoveries from table work, writing rituals, and embracing rejection letters. It's a fascinating conversation about a unique situation. I hope you enjoy the talk.

David Johann Kim is an actor and playwright. His plays PANG SPA and TWO STOP were awarded the 2022 Los Angeles New Play Project Award and Grant. TWO STOP was recently workshopped at The Inkwell Theater and PANG SPA was a semifinalist for the 2018 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Ashland New Play Festival and Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the final round of Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation Playwrights Program. He holds an MFA from UC San Diego and is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Union, EST/LA’s Playwrights Unit, Chalk Rep’s Writers group, Playwrights ThinkTank and cofounder of EST/LA’s Ignite Project.

To watch the video format of this episode, visit -
https://youtu.be/N4oPK8ZBt5M

For tickets to both Two Stop (May 2 – June 9, 2024) and Pang Spa (May 16th - June 9th), visit - https://www.estlosangeles.org/two-stop-world-premiere

Links to resources mentioned in this episode -

Los Angeles New Play Project -
https://lanpp.org

EST/LA (Ensemble Studio Theatre) -
https://www.estlosangeles.org

Chalk Repertory Theatre -
https://www.chalkrep.com

The Magic -
https://magictheatre.org/

Asian American Theatre Company -
https://naatco.org

New Works Now -
https://downtownla.com/do/new-original-works-now-festival

Lark Play Development -
https://www.nyc-arts.org/organizations/lark-play-development-center/

Inkwell Workshop -
https://www.inkwellretreats.org

Circle X Writers -
https://www.circlextheatre.org/new-page-2

Evolving Playwrights -
https://www.circlextheatre.org/evolving2023

Ignite Project -
https://www.estlosangeles.org/ignite-project

New Play Exchange -
https://newplayexchange.org/

Website and Socials for David Johann Kim -

IG - @d.yo_hankim
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/david.j.kim.982

Websites and socials for James Elden, PMP, and Playwright's Spotlight -

Punk Monkey Productions - 
www.punkmonkeyproductions.com

PLAY Noir -
www.playnoir.com

PLAY Noir Anthology –
www.punkmonkeyproductions.com/contact.html

James Elden -
Twitter - @jameseldensauer
IG - @alakardrake
FB - fb.com/jameseldensauer

Punk Monkey Productions and PLAY Noir - 
Twitter - @punkmonkeyprods
                  - @playnoirla 
IG - @punkmonkeyprods
       - @playnoir_la 
FB - fb.com/playnoir
        - fb.com/punkmonkeyproductions

Playwright's Spotlight -
Twitter - @wrightlightpod 
IG - @playwrights_spotlight

Playwriting services through Los Angeles Collegiate Playwrights Festival
www.losangelescollegiateplaywrightsfestival.com/services.html

Support the Show.

Show Notes

David Johann Kim stopped by Playwright's Spotlight to discuss his two new simultaneous running plays and the process in which they were developed, their similarities surrounding the same historical event, and the collaborative process working with two different troupes and directors and his "overnight" success. We also discuss the value of workshops, recording notes opposed to writing them, fighting with structure, the Joint-Stock Method, discoveries from table work, writing rituals, and embracing rejection letters. It's a fascinating conversation about a unique situation. I hope you enjoy the talk.

David Johann Kim is an actor and playwright. His plays PANG SPA and TWO STOP were awarded the 2022 Los Angeles New Play Project Award and Grant. TWO STOP was recently workshopped at The Inkwell Theater and PANG SPA was a semifinalist for the 2018 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Ashland New Play Festival and Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the final round of Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation Playwrights Program. He holds an MFA from UC San Diego and is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Union, EST/LA’s Playwrights Unit, Chalk Rep’s Writers group, Playwrights ThinkTank and cofounder of EST/LA’s Ignite Project.

To watch the video format of this episode, visit -
https://youtu.be/N4oPK8ZBt5M

For tickets to both Two Stop (May 2 – June 9, 2024) and Pang Spa (May 16th - June 9th), visit - https://www.estlosangeles.org/two-stop-world-premiere

Links to resources mentioned in this episode -

Los Angeles New Play Project -
https://lanpp.org

EST/LA (Ensemble Studio Theatre) -
https://www.estlosangeles.org

Chalk Repertory Theatre -
https://www.chalkrep.com

The Magic -
https://magictheatre.org/

Asian American Theatre Company -
https://naatco.org

New Works Now -
https://downtownla.com/do/new-original-works-now-festival

Lark Play Development -
https://www.nyc-arts.org/organizations/lark-play-development-center/

Inkwell Workshop -
https://www.inkwellretreats.org

Circle X Writers -
https://www.circlextheatre.org/new-page-2

Evolving Playwrights -
https://www.circlextheatre.org/evolving2023

Ignite Project -
https://www.estlosangeles.org/ignite-project

New Play Exchange -
https://newplayexchange.org/

Website and Socials for David Johann Kim -

IG - @d.yo_hankim
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/david.j.kim.982

Websites and socials for James Elden, PMP, and Playwright's Spotlight -

Punk Monkey Productions - 
www.punkmonkeyproductions.com

PLAY Noir -
www.playnoir.com

PLAY Noir Anthology –
www.punkmonkeyproductions.com/contact.html

James Elden -
Twitter - @jameseldensauer
IG - @alakardrake
FB - fb.com/jameseldensauer

Punk Monkey Productions and PLAY Noir - 
Twitter - @punkmonkeyprods
                  - @playnoirla 
IG - @punkmonkeyprods
       - @playnoir_la 
FB - fb.com/playnoir
        - fb.com/punkmonkeyproductions

Playwright's Spotlight -
Twitter - @wrightlightpod 
IG - @playwrights_spotlight

Playwriting services through Los Angeles Collegiate Playwrights Festival
www.losangelescollegiateplaywrightsfestival.com/services.html

Support the Show.