David Johann Kim

David Johann Kim

In 2018, PANG SPA was selected for THE GARRY MARSHALL THEATRE'S New Works Festival and a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Center National Playwright's Conference and reached the final round for the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation Playwrights Program before the option discussions disqualified it for DVRFPP that year.. I started writing plays for my touring children’s theatre companies, Young...
In 2018, PANG SPA was selected for THE GARRY MARSHALL THEATRE'S New Works Festival and a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Center National Playwright's Conference and reached the final round for the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation Playwrights Program before the option discussions disqualified it for DVRFPP that year.. I started writing plays for my touring children’s theatre companies, Young Peoples Theatre Troupe and Horizon Children’s Theatre while still in college. We were named Artists In Residence for The Kennedy Center’s IMAGINATION CELEBRATION for our theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s autobiography THE FAIRY TALE OF MY LIFE.
Though primarily an actor for more than 20 years, I was rarely far from the writing (& dramaturgical) process while working on new plays at theatres including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Magic Theatre, Asian American Theatre, El Teatro Campesino, Watts Village Theatre in California and The Public Theatre, NY Theatre Workshop, The Lark, Mabou Mines, Repertorio Espanol and La Mama ETC in NYC. My passion for new work was fed while working with great theatre artists including Morgan Jenness, Ruth Malaczech, Les Waters, Mame Hunt, Phyllis Look, Gregg Daniels, Doris Baizley and Tony Curiel. I was coauthor of a number of devised pieces through the years with Les Waters, Ruth Malaczech, Tom Kremer and my own TYA company Horizon Children’s Theatre.

After a hiatus from theatre (working in film only for a time), I was hired to direct Jane Anderson’s THE BABY DANCE and the intense work on that sweet, deep play reminded me that theatre is in my bones and my heart and that led me to explore writing pieces that I would be excited to direct, act in and see.

I am a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre LA’s Playwrights Unit,Chalk Repertory Theatre’s Writers Group and The Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • PANG SPA
    On the outskirts of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Daniel Pang has been caring for his dementia addled parents, Tae and Avy, for 3 years since his older brother David committed suicide. This formerly prosperous grocery family now lives in their K-town tenement. Their neighbors, Mrs. Weiss, a Japanese American “bubbe” and Yong, a minimum wage warrior and Tai Chi aficionado make up the rest of this idiosyncratic enclave...
    On the outskirts of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Daniel Pang has been caring for his dementia addled parents, Tae and Avy, for 3 years since his older brother David committed suicide. This formerly prosperous grocery family now lives in their K-town tenement. Their neighbors, Mrs. Weiss, a Japanese American “bubbe” and Yong, a minimum wage warrior and Tai Chi aficionado make up the rest of this idiosyncratic enclave, when a flinty young army vet (Dora) arrives on a mission. Dora deftly inserts herself into the Pang’s dementia driven world until her true identity tumbles out in a long drunken night. Paradigms continue to shift as Dora experiences her first “Spa Day” in the Pang’s backyard that’s transformed into an improvised Korean spa, complete with “waterfall” and “dipping pool”. PANG SPA is a place where despite dementia, depression, suicides and the violation & violence of The ’92 LA Riots, healing can, at least, begin.