As a performance artist, my off-Broadway solo show, 38th Parallels, premiered in New York City with the Pan Asian Repertory Theater. I studied under Anna Deavere Smith at NYU. I’ve also presented character monologues and spoken word pieces at the Gallatin Arts Festival at NYU, Hunter College, LaGuardia Community College, the Queens Museum of Art, Galapagos Art Space, the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, the 2005 Asian Pacific Islander American Spoken Word Summit in Boston, Mango Mic (Berkeley), Starry Plough (Berkeley), La Peña Cultural Center (Berkeley), the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, and Pan Asian Repertory’s “Two Nights Only” series at the West End Theater. I’m also a former member of the Salt Lake City-based Shakespearean Acting Company, which toured the state of Utah performing scenes from Shakespearean plays in schools, libraries, and conferences. I was voted “Best Actor of the Year” (twice) and Best Musical Theater Actor of the Year at Seoul International School.
38th Parallels is a multimedia, autobiographical solo performance of divisions and reunifications. Weaving together storytelling, character monologues, spoken word, and hip hop, I take my audience on a fast and furious journey from my mother’s house in Pyongyang to a Salt Lake City “nut house” to the World Cup in Seoul and all points in between, mixing and spinning multiple memories, voices, spaces, and histories to explore themes of migration, trauma, war, language, race, and rebellion. In their review of the show, BACKSTAGE wrote, “Park succeeds often enough to distinguish himself and his voice from the crowd.”
38th Parallels premiered in 2005 at UNDER St. Marks.
Performer/Writer: Terry K. Park
Director: Janet S. Kim
Stage Manager/Lighting Designer: Holly Ko
Sound Designer: Tesfa Clacken
Sound Designer/Projector Operator: Koba
Poongmul Drummer: HyoSung Bidol-Lee
Producer: Aileen Cho
38th Parallels was commissioned by the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre for its Emerging Artists Festival at the West End Theater in 2007
Performer/Writer: Terry K. Park
Director: Judith Sloan
Stage Manager: Abigail Felder
Lighting Designer: James F. Primm II
Press Representative: Keith Sherman & Associates
Recorded Voices: Ernest Abuba, Juyoung Hong
Excerpts of the show have been performed at New York University, Vassar College, LaGuardia Community College, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, San Quentin State Prison, and the EMW Bookstore in Cambridge, MA.
Click here for highlights from the UNDER St. Marks premiere of 38th Parallels.
quote“Terry is the best actor I’ve seen in the theater since John Malkovich more than twenty years ago.”- Salvatore Ciccone, off-Broadway playwright, “Nothing to Report”
quote“Terry Park is a prolific voice. His solo work speaks volumes. His spin on American life is hilarious and artfully tragic but true.”- Ernest Abuba, Obie-award winning actor, director and writer.
quote“A fun, dynamic upcoming artist–someone to watch for!”- Rich Kiamco, Winner, Overall Excellence Award in Solo Performance, 2004 New York International Fringe Festival / Winner, Best Solo Performance, 2005 Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival
quote“With a wit as sharp as a knife and a sensitivity as tender as a feline’s ear, Terry Park’s show delves into the delicate prism of humanity through the coming-of-age of one young Korean American boy with a courageous heart. A clear student of a variety of 20th century performance art aesthetics and an acute observor of universal societal parallels, Park uses his voice as a mighty turtle ship carrying the past with him towards a spearheading leap into the unknown future. He is a dynamic artist with an unshakable passion for justice, filled with fresh and exciting things to come.”- Taiyo Na, Musician (“Home: Word”)/Actor (Tree City Legends)/Poet (Feedback Collective)