Episode 58 - October 10, 2016
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.