Coleman '72
by ​Charlie Oh
directed by David Ivers
dramaturg: Andy Knight
Pacific Playwrights Festival
May 10, 2021 - May 16, 2021

A Korean American family piles into the Buick for an all-American road-trip: open plains, rickety camper-trailer, kimchi and banchan. But Korean parents and American kids hold conflicting ideas of what they’re looking for when the real purpose of their journey comes to light.

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The Pacific Playwrights Festival is all about the writers. #PPFPlaywrights, an off shoot of SCR’s #Commissioned video series, features the five wordsmiths and one composer who contributed the work included in the 23rd festival. For ​Coleman '72, ​director David Ivers chats with Playwright ​Charlie Oh. They’ll be talking about the play, and there may be some spoilers. So, if you don’t want any secrets revealed, you may want to screen the reading before watching the interview. If you purchase tickets for Covenant, you’ll automatically be sent the link for #PPFPlaywrights.

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Charlie Oh (Playwright) is a playwright, lyricist and actor. He is a fellow at The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, whose work has been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, New York SongSpace, The Brooklyn Generator and Catwalk Writer’s Residency. Among his honors are winning the Disney/New Musicals Inc. New Voices Project (2018) and The Craig Carnelia Songwriting Award, and his play Long received an honorable mention for The American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award (2019). He is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied playwriting under Laura Schellhardt. As an actor, his credits include The King and I directed by Bartlett Sher and All These Small Moments (Tribeca Film Festival).

Learn more about the production, cast & creative team in the program.


Jennifer J Kim (Michelle) is thrilled to be making her SCR debut. She most recently performed as Leonor in What We Owe Our Lies at UCLA’s Diversifying the Classics Comedia Slam with Antaeus Theatre Company. Her other theatre credits include her solo performance Are You Coming Home? (Intiman Theatre Company Emerging Artist Program) and FAIR (OC-centric New Play Festival). A trilingual actress from Korea, she acted with a Hamgyeong provincial accent of North Korea as the leading actress for her most recent film, Allegiance. Her other credits include “Sonder” (IGTV/Fearless), Get Off Screen (LA Shorts Selection), A Dog in the Mud, I am HuaQing. She received the prestigious Park Shin Yang Acting Scholarship from Korea and holds a degree in theatre from UC-San Diego. @jeunmik 


Kahyun Kim (Jenn) was born and raised in South Korea and moved to the United States, where she was immediately accepted into The Juilliard Drama School. She is most-known for playing New Media on the hit STARZ series, “American Gods.” She can also be seen in television shows like “Mr. Mayor” (NBC), “9-1-1” (Fox), “Tommy” (CBS), “Shameless” (Showtime), “Timeless” (NBC), “Adam Ruins Everything” (TruTV), “The Mysteries of Laura” (NBC), “Austin & Ally” (Disney) and “Cassandra French” (Fullscreen). Her film credits include Bad Match (Netflix), Spa Night (Sundance Premiere) and the Disney reboot of Freaky Friday. Her theatre credits include A. R. Gurney’s Love and Money (Signature Theatre), a starring role in Tracy Letts’ Linda Vista (Steppenwolf) and Jeremy O. Harris’ Daddy (co-produced by Vineyard Theatre and New Group Theatre). @kahyunkim257


Eugene Ko (Joey) is making his SCR debut. He is an actor from Cupertino and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a BA in theatre. His on-screen credits include Lee Park in Freeform’s “The Fosters,” Jesse in Netflix’s “Dear White People” and Ricky in ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” He will be making his stage debut in The Inheritance at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.


Raymond Lee (James) appeared previously at SCR in the world premiere productions of Cambodian Rock Band, Office Hour and the world premiere production and Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Vietgone, as well as productions of Robin Hood and Four Clowns. His other theatre credits include Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club), for which he received the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Debut, and tokyo fish story (The Old Globe). His select television credits include “Here and Now,” “Prodigal Son,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Modern Family” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” He is currently a series regular on upcoming AMC series “Kevin Can F**k Himself” and will be seen in upcoming Paramount movie Top Gun: Maverick. Big love to Stacy, Cam and mama. 


Amy Kim Waschke (Annie) was most recently seen in Revenge Song at the Geffen Playhouse. She is a longtime collaborator with Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company, led by playwright Qui Nguyen and director Robert Ross Parker, and a proud company member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Her select credits include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Emilia in Othello, Mom in Hannah and the Dread Gazebo; Tianyun in Snow in Midsummer and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale (OSF); Orangutan in Water by the Spoonful (Studio Theatre); Huong in Vietgone (Seattle Repertory Theatre, OSF); and the titular character in Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake, which toured across the U.S. and to China. Her film and television credits include “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” 18 Seconds and Boystown. IG: @akwaschke 

Creative Team

David Ivers (Director/Artistic Director) is responsible for the overall artistic operation of Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, where he started in 2018. In addition to artistic leadership, he is active as a director at the theatre. In April 2019, he directed a concert reading of the new musical, Prelude to a Kiss, during the Pacific Playwrights Festival, a national showcase of new works. In 2020, he directed She Loves Me, his production directorial debut as artistic director. He spearheaded the re-branding of SCR’s renowned new-play development programs in 2020, as The [email protected], which enhanced and expanded the theatre’s commitment to a more rigorous development of new American musicals, commissions for playwrights at various stages of their careers, playwright residencies and additional in-house readings and workshops. The [email protected] includes the new Pinnacle Commission, a grant to a major U.S. playwright. The Pinnacle’s $60,000 inaugural commission was given in partnership with Playwrights Horizons (New York City) and is among the largest in the U.S. from a theatre to a playwright. 2020 also saw the creation of SCR CommUNITY, a new digital platform dedicated to amplifying regional artists and narratives by producing stories inspired by or about the rich diversity of people living in Southern California. Announced for 2021 is Outside SCR, featuring repertory performances under the stars in different outdoor locations in Orange County, Calif. No stranger to SCR, in 2015, he directed the SCR-Berkeley Repertory Theatre co-production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Prior to SCR, Ivers served as artistic director for Arizona Theatre Company. Before that, he served more than 20 years as an actor and director at Utah Shakespeare Festival, with the last six as artistic director. For a decade, he was a resident artist at Denver Center Theatre Company, acting in and/or directing more than 40 plays and has helmed productions at many of the nation’s leading regional theatres including the Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory. He taught at the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Southern Utah University and Southern Oregon University. Ivers earned his BA from Southern Oregon University and his MFA from the University of Minnesota.

​Andy Knight (Dramaturg) ​ is South Coast Repertory’s literary manager and co-director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. At SCR, his dramaturgy credits include the world premieres of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band, Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone, Adam Bock’s The Canadians, Catherine Trieschmann’s Theatre for Young Audiences play, OZ 2.5, and the West Coast premieres of Karen Zacarías’ Destiny of Desire and Sarah Burgess’ Kings. His other dramaturgy credits include the world premiere of Carla Ching’s The Two Kids That Blow Sh*t Up with Artists at Play. Before SCR, Knight worked at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

Justin Krumb (Film Producer) has roots that run deep within SCR. Since graduating with his BA from CSU-Long Beach, he has immersed himself in the evolving world of video and film production. Focusing his efforts on feature documentary (Minds In The Water), broadcast television (First Hand, The Surfer’s Journal) and live productions (Love Loud, Imagine Dragons, ReCode) has allowed Krumb to see all sides of producing digital media. Spanning multiple decades, he has worked on a variety of documentary and commercial projects, in countries around the globe that range in subject matter from travel, music, sports, and culture. Krumb earned the honor of an Emmy Award for Best Documentary (Next Wave) and film festival awards that included Best Environmental Film, Best Original Score, Audience Appreciation and a Top Emerging Directors designation from AmDocs Film Festival (Transparentsea). He recently reconnected with SCR to produce film works of plays (Outside Mullingar, A Shot Rang Out and Red Riding Hood). The opportunity to bring the Pacific Playwrights Festival plays and a musical to the screen in a new and inclusive way, and to share the talents of these amazing artists, continues to add to the rewarding career path he has taken.

Kathryn Davies (Stage Manager) previously stage-managed The Velveteen Rabbit, Poor Yella Rednecks, Sugar Plum Fairy, Orange, The Roommate, All the Way, Future Thinking, Red, Vietgone, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy and Max in Love, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Sight Unseen, Topdog/Underdog, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Doctor Cerberus, Ordinary Days, Our Mother’s Brief Affair and The Injured Party—all at SCR. Her favorite credits include The Wars at the Grand Theatre; Dividing the Estate at Dallas Theater Center; La Bohème at Tulsa Opera; The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe; Les Contes D’Hoffmann at Hawaii Opera Theatre; Of Mice and Men at Neptune Theatre; The Dresser at Manitoba Theatre Centre; Skylight at Tarragon Theatre; To Kill a Mockingbird at Citadel Theatre; and The Designated Mourner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Davies also worked as head theatre manager at the Toronto International, Dubai International, AFI, TCM and Los Angeles Film festivals.

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

​Sally Anderson & Tom Rogers
Laurie & Steve Duncan
Kristen & Adrian Griggs
Samuel & Tammy Tang
Tod & Linda White


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