Half of Chopsticks

Emmy Young’s dad was the King of Koreatown until the day he was swallowed by a hole. It’s not just the ghost of her dad that cracks the plaster off the walls of Young’s Chopsticks - Traditional Korean Take Out and Delivery. When Emmy’s half-secret, half-white, half-brother shows up with half the deed to her dead dad’s restaurant, everything Emmy knew about her home begins to crumble.
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Half of Chopsticks

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  • Playwrights Foundation:
    2 May. 2021
    Playwrights Foundation highly recommends HALF OF CHOPSTICKS, which excelled to the Finalist round (top 35) for the 44th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival out of 755 plays. Our community of readers felt this play best represented the mission of our festival. This work engaged us, inspired us, moved us, and was an outstanding example of transformative storytelling. Our local Bay Area Literary Council commends HALF OF CHOPSTICKS as a compelling, relevant, cathartic new work which should be produced now. Congratulations! #BAPF2021
  • Shaun Leisher:
    19 Mar. 2020
    Leave it to Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters to write a play about family trauma and identity that is unlike any play that treads these often traveled waters in the theatre. This is a ghost story where the magic is just understood as being something normal. It's a play that doesn't have a neat happy ending but concludes the way it needs to. People don't forgive and forget but they make space in their lives to understand each other a little more.

Character Information

  • Emmy
    30s,
    korean american
    ,
    Female
    Hot headed and kind of a grump, 30s Asian American
  • Vince
    30s,
    Korean Hapa
    ,
    Male
    Charming and practical, 30s Asian American, Hapa
  • Brady
    30s,
    korean american
    ,
    Male
    Warm and playful, 30s Asian American
  • Dead Dad
    50s,
    Korean
    ,
    Male
    Ghost. Practical and hot headed. 50s Asian/Asian American

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists
    ,
    2020

Awards

Finalist
,
Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
,
Seven Devils
,
2021