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Sharmila Rudrappa, Director BUR 556, Mailcode A2200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-9468

Why Koreans Don't Hug

Written by Soo–Jin Lee, Directed by Luke Leonard, Dramaturg Kristin Leahey, Stage Manager Eamon Corrigan

Posted: April 14, 2008

Cast: Linda Czopek as Mom
James "Face" Yu as Dad
Rachel Myhill as Harriet
Xuan Nguyen as Sunshine
Chase Van Haselen as Denny
kt Shorb as the Reverend

Playwright: Soo–Jin Lee

Soo–Jin Lee was born in Korea and raised in Virginia. Her plays include: Peaches, which was presented at the Edward Albee New Playwrights Workshop (Houston, 2005), was read at Theater Mu's New Eyes Festival (Minneapolis, 2006), and was awarded the New Work for Young Women Prize (Tulsa, 2007); and Tigers, Dragons, and Other Wise Tails!, which premiered at the Smithsonian Institution's Discovery Theater (DC, 2005). Two short screenplays have been produced in Austin. Lee is a 3rd year M.F.A. playwright at UT.

Director: Luke Leonard

Luke Leonard is a recent Austin–transplant from New York City where he spent the last 12 years acting, directing, writing plays and producing theatre and film works. Recent directing credits include: Mac Wellman's BAD PENNY (The Blanton Museum of Art) and ON THE ROAD WITH THE BEATS (Harry Ransom Center). He holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Brooklyn College and is in his first year of the M.F.A. Directing program at The University of Texas at Austin.

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