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Writer, actor: Ins Choi remastered

Episode 58 - October 10, 2016

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This is a special 20 minute episode to coincide with the CBC TV debut of “Kim’s Convenience,” a new TV show based on the play of the same name by Ins Choi.

“Kim’s Convenience” had its debut performance at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, at the Bathurst St. Theatre, where Ins both directed and acted.

As a former Fringe Festival performer myself, the fact that “Kim’s Convenience” has gone on to such great success is inspiring….and I really hope that this interview will inspire you too.

”Kim’s Convenience” follows in the footsteps of Fringe Festival shows like “Da Kink in My Hair,” “Machomer,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and others that have gone onto great things.

I’ve edited an interview I did with Ins in January 2013. It was recorded at the first run of “Kim’s Convenience” outside of Toronto at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario.

In our interview we talk about the time in his life when Ins gave up a job with security, benefits and a housing allowance….everything that would have set him up for a traditional life…but it wasn’t a job in the Arts and Ins knew he wanted a life in the Arts.

We also talk about his time onstage, acting at The Stratford Festival and backstage where he was writing Kim’s Convenience

If you’re a regular listener to the podcast you know I have a 10 year old son and I’m always curious about how family influences the creative voice….so Ins and I start out by talking about his Father who was a pastor and the impact that had on Ins when he was young.

Show Notes
Soulpepper
Toronto Fringe
fu-GEN Asian Canadian theatre Company
The Stratford Festival
Kim’s Convenience at CBC TV

David Ben: Magician, author, creative consultant

Episode 46 - Nov. 23, 2105

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Podcast with David Ben

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David Ben is a Canadian stage magician, sleight of hand artist, author, magic historian, creative consultant and former tax lawyer.

David was educated at the University of Toronto (BA), the University of Western Ontario (LLB), and the London School of Economics (LLM).

We talk about his decision to leave his law practice to practice magic.

David is the rare magician who, like Ricky Jay or Teller, of the duo “Penn and Teller,” has an innovative approach to magic that at once respects the historic traditions of magic but pushes the art form forward.

David’s stage show “The Conjuror,” had its world premiere at the Shaw Festival in 1996. The show had outstanding box office and critical reviews and has been mounted several time since then.
His path to success was never easy, and he talks candidly about the time he seriously considered quitting the Arts because of the financial strain it put on his young family.

If you saw “Possible Worlds” during the 2015 Stratford Festival season, you saw David’s magic integrated into the show thanks to director Mitchell Cushman.

Show Notes

DavidBen.com
David Ben on Twitter
Magicana – an arts organization dedicated to the study, exploration and advancement of magic as a performing art.
Video of David going through some of the posters donated to Montreal’s Mccord musem from La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso
David’s new new interpretation of the seminal book “The Experts At the Card Table
Bob Farmer’s book “The Bamo Ten Card Deal Dossier”
Teller on Twitter
Penn & Teller

Ins Choi: Actor, Playwright

Episode 08- July 15th, 2013

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Actor, writer, director Ins Choi.

Ins Choi’s playwrighting debut, “Kim’s Convenience,” won the New Play Award and the Patron’s Pick Award at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. The show went on to open Soulpepper’s 2012 year, where it played to sold-out houses.

We talk about what it was like growing up with a pastor for a father and how he drew from his personal experience to write his play, “Kim’s Convenience,” which is set in the world of a Korean convenience store owner.

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