Seayoung Yim

Seayoung Yim

Seayoung (SHEE-young) Yim is a Korean American playwright from Seattle currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Brown University '22. Her most recent full-length play, Persimmon Nights enjoyed a sold-out run at Cafe Nordo in 2018. Her first full-length production, Do It For Umma, premiered at Annex Theatre where it broke their audience attendance record. She is the winner of the People’s Choice Award...
Seayoung (SHEE-young) Yim is a Korean American playwright from Seattle currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Brown University '22. Her most recent full-length play, Persimmon Nights enjoyed a sold-out run at Cafe Nordo in 2018. Her first full-length production, Do It For Umma, premiered at Annex Theatre where it broke their audience attendance record. She is the winner of the People’s Choice Award for Outstanding New Play at Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Awards and Seattle’s Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting. Her other work has been produced by or workshopped by Seattle Public Theater’s Education Program, Theatre Battery, Mirror Stage, Live Girls! Theater, The 14/48 Projects, Funhouse Family, Pony World Theatre, and SIS Productions. Her previous writing memberships include: the Asian American playwriting collective, SIS Writers Group, and the 2018 Umbrella Project Writers Group

Plays

  • Do It For Umma
    In this surreal comedic detective story, the ghost of Hannah’s recently deceased mother returns to haunt the Korean convenience store she once ran with an iron fist, shaming, cajoling, and needling her daughter into avenging her extremely suspicious death. While Hannah’s older brother shirks off familial duties in favor of a romantic tryst with the local dry-cleaning maven, Hannah embarks on an epic mission to...
    In this surreal comedic detective story, the ghost of Hannah’s recently deceased mother returns to haunt the Korean convenience store she once ran with an iron fist, shaming, cajoling, and needling her daughter into avenging her extremely suspicious death. While Hannah’s older brother shirks off familial duties in favor of a romantic tryst with the local dry-cleaning maven, Hannah embarks on an epic mission to piece together the clues that will lead her to Umma’s killer. Featuring a chorus of ajummas and a healthy dose of revenge, Do It for Umma is an absurd tragicomedy about a young woman trying to gain her mother’s approval and protect her family’s honor in the strangest of circumstances.

    7F, 1M
  • Persimmon Nights
    Synopsis

    Set during the first large scale wave of Asian American Immigration in The Persimmon Grove, a lurid nightclub, a brash young Korean immigrant rises to great heights in his ethnic enclave while balancing two lovers and many debts in the 1960s/70s. At the top of his game, he risks it all.

    4F, 1M
  • Untitled Play About Institutional Racism the Nonprofit Industrial Complex
    Does anyone know anyone on the funding committee? Who wants to participate in the office weight-loss challenge? Where are we supposed to print now that the copy room is for mothers to pump? Are there enough people of color in the brochure stock photography? And who keeps eating Antonio’s organic goat yoghurt he has to buy on the other side town? These questions and more pepper this satire of non-profit life.