You for Me for You

The scenic design of You for Me for You was chosen to represent the United States at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.

North Korean sisters Minhee and Junhee are torn apart at the border as they attempt to flee the “Best Nation in the World.” Each must race across time and space to be together again—navigating the perilous “Land of the Free” and the treacherous terrain of personal belief. Chung’s fantastical, humor-filled play is a kaleidoscope of imagery and beauty, casting light on the darkness of a secretive regime while simultaneously illuminating American values from a unique perspective.

This was a Barrymore recommended production.

Mia Chung
Rick Shiomi
Rick Shiomi has been a leader in Asian American theater for over thirty years, as a playwright, director and artistic director. He received the McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist Award in 2015, the Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012 and the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Vision in 2007. He has written over twenty plays, including the award winning Yellow Fever. He was a co-founder of Mu Performing Arts and the artistic director from 1993 to 2013. He has directed for Mu Performing Arts, InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, Theatre Esprit Asia in Denver and the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. For Mu, he directed Into The Woods set in Asia, The Mikado set in Edwardian England and Yellow Face at the Dowling Studio of the Guthrie Theater. For Interact Theatre he directed Caught by Christopher Chen in 2014 for which he received a Barrymore Award nomination for Outstanding Direction. He played taiko for thirty years and was the founder (in 1997) and the leader of Mu Daiko until 2010. He recently received a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant in the Building Demand For The Arts program to work with InterAct Theatre, to develop Asian American theater in Philadelphia.
Lighting Designer: 
Peter Whinnery
Costume Designer: 
Susan Smythe
Venue : 
InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia

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