The Prodigal Daughter Of Korea
by Asa Palomera
To coincide with a performance at Tara Theatre in March 2018
- Asian play set in post-war Korea
- Deals with child sexual abuse
- WINNER of the ‘City of Melbourne Award for Original Play’
When Mina’s father dies, she returns to Korea to visit a family she barely knows, desperately looking for some answers. But her mother is reluctant to discuss the past, especially the war, or the reasons that Mina was sent so far away as a child, to America. Her younger sister seems unable to grow up and it doesn’t help that their nosy neighbor is always on their doorstep. Secrets and lies divide them all irrevocably.
When the truth is finally revealed, it is both shocking and redemptive, allowing Mina and those around her to see themselves anew and break free from years of pain and guilt.
About the author
Asa is a Japanese/Korean playwright and director whose work has been performed internationally. Trained at TISCH in New York and started her theatre career on and off Broadway under the producer, Joseph Papp. In Melbourne, Australia she created the Women of Asia Company that produced Monologues and The Prodigal Daughter which won the ‘City of Melbourne Award for Original Play’ and was invited to open at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her play The Curious Lives of Shakespeare & Cervantes opened at Edinburgh’s Adam House Theatre and has been performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, and at Tara Theatre in Wandsworth as well as numerous performances in Asia.
Asa now divides her time between Chicago and Madrid.
Praise for other works
“A powerhouse on Melbourne’s independent theatre scene.” The Age
“Brilliant scripting, powerful stories, beautiful costumes and some unforgettable performances.” VibeWire
“…Palomera proves to be a master of powerful and intricate storytelling.” Popspoken
“…a mesmerising tale of long-harboured secrets…” **** Three Weeks, Edinburgh