David Johann Kim

David Johann Kim

David fell hard for dramaturgy when working on new plays with powerhouse dramaturgs, Mame Hunt (at Berkeley Rep) and Morgan Jenness ( NYSF's New Works Now Festival and NY Theatre Workshops Dartmouth retreat) as an actor. Mabou Mines Ruth Malaczech asked David to be part of the writers group when she was devising A Drop In The Ocean. in residence at NYTW. Les Waters selected David to be part of the devising...
David fell hard for dramaturgy when working on new plays with powerhouse dramaturgs, Mame Hunt (at Berkeley Rep) and Morgan Jenness ( NYSF's New Works Now Festival and NY Theatre Workshops Dartmouth retreat) as an actor. Mabou Mines Ruth Malaczech asked David to be part of the writers group when she was devising A Drop In The Ocean. in residence at NYTW. Les Waters selected David to be part of the devising team for their Joint Stock-style production, Act 3 Sc 2 of Life at UC San Diego. He holds and MFA from UC San Diego and is a member of The Dramatists Guild, EST/LA’s Playwrights Unit, Chalk Rep’s Writers group, Playwrights ThinkTank and cofounder of EST/LA’s Ignite Project. His play PANG SPA was a semifinalist for the 2018 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Ashland New Play Festival and Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the final round of Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation Playwrights Program. Both of his plays PANG SPA and TWO STOP are being awarded the Los Angeles New Play Project Grant in November 2022.

David spent the first half of his career in the theatre primarily as an actor. He originated lead roles in new plays including Han Ong’s REASONS TO LIVE…, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ INNOCENT ERENDIRA, Milton Murayama’s ALL I ASKING FOR IS MY BODY, Larry Yep’s DRAGONWINGS, Alan Cook’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s EAST OF EDEN, Lynn Manning’s UP FROM THE DOWNS, and Jessica Hagedorn’s HOLY FOOD. He performed at theatres on both coasts including: The Public Theatre, NY Theatre Workshop, The Lark, Mabou Mines, Repertorio Espanol, La Mama ETC in NYC and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, Asian American Theatre Co. and El Teatro Campesino in California.

Plays

  • TWO STOP
    On the verge of the ’92 LA Riots.
    A Korean market.
    A murder scene.
    The cashier and a neighborhood teen face off.
    History and histories go head to head as LA starts to burn.
  • 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.