Moon Bear

Silver and Richie are siblings without parents. As the two grow up, they cling to one another as each other's family, and help one another navigate their positions as social outsiders - Silver as a genderqueer weirdo, and Richie as a drug dealing gangbanger. In a parallel world, Bear is ousted from his tribe and through a gesture of filial piety, is turned by Hwanung, a gay Korean god, into a human woman....
Silver and Richie are siblings without parents. As the two grow up, they cling to one another as each other's family, and help one another navigate their positions as social outsiders - Silver as a genderqueer weirdo, and Richie as a drug dealing gangbanger. In a parallel world, Bear is ousted from his tribe and through a gesture of filial piety, is turned by Hwanung, a gay Korean god, into a human woman. S/he is then coerced into being Hwanung's pregnant beard, and has Hwanung's child. As family bonds begin to disintegrate, and the god-world begins to crumble, Silver and Bear must redefine home for themselves, to find power through the magic of stories.
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Moon Bear

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  • Ellen Koivisto:
    3 Jan. 2019
    This is a play about the power of stories -- stories of birth, magic, gender, family, and futures -- and about how we live and die, make good decisions or bad, based on the tales we tell ourselves. This particular narrative is about a pair of siblings with no one else to turn to, and a whiny bear who gets a god to change it into a human. What initially seem like two different plots turn out to be the same, and the story told glows with magic and love and possibility. This is a beautiful piece in every way.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Brave New World Repertory Theatre
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
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    HBMG Foundation
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
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    Jason Fong's Writer's Workshop Series
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    2015