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 New York performances of Ins Choi’s comedy “Kim’s Convenience,” which is on now at the Pershing Square Signature Center until Friday, July 14, 7:30 pm.

In our conversation we trace the roots of “Kim’s Convenience” from a short sketch to a play the New York Times’s Jesse Green reviewed favourably adding: “The actors were crying. I cried, too. This was not just the magic of the fine performances, particularly Mr. Lee’s, under the direction of Weyni Mengesha. It was also my belated recognition that the story was, in part, my own.”

“Kim’s Convenience” had its debut performance at the Bathurst St. Theatre in Toronto during the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival.

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 other Toronto Fringe Festival shows like “Da Kink in My Hair,” “Machomer,” and “The Drowsy Chaperone” some of which have have won Tony awards and toured internationally.

For this special episode I’ve edited an interview with the show’s creator, Ins Choi, recorded at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario during the first run of “Kim’s Convenience” outside of Toronto.

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 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 his time backstage where he wrote 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

Kim’s Convenience in New Yourk
Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W 42nd St.
Midtown West
Final performance Friday, July 14, 7:30 pm
Click here for tickets