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Community Partnerships & Long Table Events Announced for PILLOWTALK by Kyoung's Pacific Beat @ The Tank 1/11-1/27
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:50 pm EST 12/19/17

THE TANK
PRESENTS
PILLOWTALK
BY KYOUNG’s PACIFIC BEAT
AS PART OF THE EXPONENTIAL FESTIVAL

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY KYOUNG H. PARK

WORLD PREMIERE
PRESS PREVIEWS JANUARY 12, 13 & 14
OPENING NIGHT JANUARY 15
JANUARY 11-27 @ THE TANK

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS & LONG TABLE EVENTS ANNOUNCED

Kyoung’s Pacific Beat and The Tank (Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush, Artistic Directors) will co-produce the World Premiere of PILLOWTALK, written and directed by Kyoung H. Park at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) January 11-27, as part of The Exponential Festival. Set in Brooklyn in 2017, PILLOWTALK brings to life one night in the lives of Sam and Buck, a recently married interracial couple.

Celebrating #loveisradical, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat has partnered with Community Partners API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York), and Indie Theater Fund, along with Cultural Partner the Korean Cultural Center, and Official Media Partner Culturebot with support from Peoplemovr, Asian/ Pacific/ American Institute at NYU and ART/NY-NYSCA Creative Opportunity Fund, to center the voices of queer people of color through a series of long-table conversations created in collaboration with our partners to build community, resilience, and resistance.

“PILLOWTALK has been developed in New York City for the past four years, in deep conversations with our local, queer community of color. It is an honor to share our stage with our Community Partners and Supporters in recognition of their tremendous service in support of minority and LGBQT rights through advocacy, scholarship and the arts. PILLOWTALK would not have come this far without community and this Long Table Conversation Series is an essential part of our project,” said Kyoung H. Park, Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat.

A long table—conceived by Lois Weaver—is a special form of discussion open to the audience in which viewers can feel free to rotate between moving up to the table when they wish to join the conversation and retuning to their seat when they wish to listen. Purchasing a ticket to any PILLOWTALK performance grants you free access to our long tables. PILLOWTALK’s Long Table Series is curated by Shannon Matesky and Kyoung H. Park and each event will follow 15 minutes after each listed performance date.

"A.R.T./New York is excited to support Kyoung's Pacific Beat and its production of PILLOWTALK through the NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program). PILLOWTALK exemplifies the Creative Opportunity Fund's goals to support high quality, professional theatre that advances the field and to create opportunities for participation in the arts, particularly for historically underserved populations and communities in New York State," said Corinne Woods from ART/NY.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY ACROSS GENERATIONS
Saturday, January 13 @ 3pm
From Loving vs Virginia to United States vs Windsor, from the AIDS Crisis to PrEP, from the Stonewall Riots to #BlackLivesMatter—where do we go from here? This interracial and intergenerational conversation will explore the personal impact of marriage equality in the LGBQT community.
Facilitated by Geoffrey Jackson Scott with Guest Speakers Kyoung H. Park and more to be announced.

QUEER AND TRANSMAGIC IN THE WORKPLACE
Thursday, January 18 @ 8pm
Trans scholars, artists and activists address the economic vulnerabilities of queer and trans people of color. Do diversity and inclusion agendas make us any safer in the workplace? How do we werk our magic against the patriarchy and white supremacy?
Featuring Guest Speakers Zavé Martohardjono, Azure Osbourne Lee, and Pauline Park.

LOVE’S POWER/MICROINVISIBILITY
Thursday, January 25 @ 8pm
This final conversation sheds light on the aggressions and invisibility of QPOC love. What are the spiritual and material dimensions of QPOC love? What are our acts of radical love?
Facilitated by Stephanie Hsu with Guest Speakers Nic Kay, Kirya Trabor and more to be announced.

PILLOWTALK’s Long Table Conversation Series is presented by Kyoung’s Pacific Beat and Peoplmovr in collaboration with Community Partners: API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York), and Indie Theater Fund; Cultural Partner: Korean Cultural Center; and Media Partner: Culturebot. Promotional support for PILLOWTALK and the Long Table Conversation series is provided by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Funding support provided by ART/NY-NYSCA Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program).
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