Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 15:00 EET (GMT +02:00)

South Korea

Director: Kon Yi / South Korea

Actor: Nicolae Vicol

Episode: Day 10. Story 6

about the Director

Kon Yi

Kon Yi was born în 1974 în Sun-cheon city, Korea. 

In 2002, after completing the theatre directing MFA at the Korea National University of Arts, he worked in directing at Theatre Group ZakEunShinHwa and Theatre Troupe Jeockin Seoul, Korea. After completing an MFA in theatre directing under the guidance of Anne Bogart, the artistic director of SITI Company and the professor at Columbia University in 2011, he is currently working in theater, music, and performance in Seoul. He is a professor of Department of Theatre at Chungwoon University, and an artistic director of Theatre Troupe Jeock. 

Director Kon Yi has been introducing abroad playwrights’works into Korean. The works include Collected Stories by Donald Margulies (2019, 2016), Nether by Jeniffer Hale (2017), Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire (2014), Screaming with Maria by John Duglas Weidner (2014). He has also been focusing on re-making of classics since his graduation of Columbia University. 

Now preparing for the production The Tragedy of Hamlet in August, 2021 at Seoul, Korea. The past works include The Revenger’s Tragedy (2020), Duchess of Malfi (2018), The Walls-Iphigenie in Exile (2016), The Cherry Orchard (2015), The Bacchae (2014), Macbeth (2013), Alcestis(2011, 2012). 

He has been artistic director of Theatre Troupe Jeock which is focused on remaking of classics and developing original works by Korean playwrights. Founded in 2003 by young theatre artists in Korea, the company produced Milkwood, adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood (2003, 2004, 2005), The Transposed Heads, adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novel (2006, 2007), Alcestis (2011, 2012), Macbeth (2013), Screaming with Maria (2014), Fuddy Meers (2014), Collected Stories (2016, 2019), Nether (2017), Malfi (2018), The Revenger’s Tragedy (2020) etc.

He has also worked as a director in Theatre Group ZakEunShinHwa since 2002. The company was founded in 1986 and became one of the prestigious theatre companies in Korea. The company has been focusing on original works by Korean playwrights. Kon Yi’s directing works include Hae-ju’s Hair Shop (2015), The Aliens (2011), The Small Cottage by the Railroad (2007, 2008), There Is No Mirae (2007) etc.

about the Composer

Seung Ho Lee

Seung Ho Lee has been making music professionally since 2012, mainly for theatre plays. He composed original music for over 150 theatre plays, films and exhibitions, focused on utilizing music and sound for design purposes.

Self taught composer with a recording engineering background formed from The RecW.

Notable compositions include Motortown, Killology, The Crucible, A Kind of Alaska, and Coriolanus.

about the actor

Nicolae Vicol

Nicolae Vicol graduated, in 1999, from the University of Craiova, Faculty of Letters and History, Dramatic Art Department – Acting, class Prof. Remus Mărgineanu, and, since 2016, he has been part of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre’company.   

 He has also played at the “Elvira Godeanu” Dramatic Theatre in Târgu Jiu, and “Ion D. Sîrbu” Dramatic Theatre in Petroşani, in more than 50 performances, on texts by Caragiale, Shakespeare, Gogol, Goldoni, Sophocles or Bulgakov.

Alongside his performance in his one man show Dragostele unui fante, another two of his successful roles were: Jean, the seductive opportunist in Miss July by August Strindberg and, in a very different way of interpretation, the resentful Semion Semionovici Poţekalnikov in The Suicide Boy by Nikolai Erdmand, an essential play about freedom, about the tragicalness and the absurd of the human condition.

He has also directed a few performances for children such as: Cinderella’s Story after Charles Perrault, and Little Muck by Wilhelm Hauff.

In the Craiova National Theatre’s current season, Nicolae Vicol is playing 6 plays: Where Is My Soul? after Marin Sorescu, directed by Norbert Boda; Farewell, Europe! after Ion D. Sîrbu, directed by Bogdan-Cristian Drăgan; Under(re)Construction by Marco Tesei, directed by Alex Teodorescu; Ajax. An Essay on Dementia after Sophocles, directed by Mihai Măniuțiu; The Old Man and the Euthanizer by Ionel Buşe, directed by Vlad Drăgulescu; The Jays by Al. Kiriţescu, directed by Alexandru Boureanu.

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