Min Kahng

Min Kahng

Min Kahng is an award-winning Bay Area playwright whose works include The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga, Bad Kitty On Stage!, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (winner of 3 Theatre Bay Area Awards), The Song of the Nightingale, and Tales of Olympus. In 2014, Kahng received the Theatre Bay Area Titan Award for Playwrights, and was featured in American Theatre Magazine as one of "9 Musical...
Min Kahng is an award-winning Bay Area playwright whose works include The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga, Bad Kitty On Stage!, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (winner of 3 Theatre Bay Area Awards), The Song of the Nightingale, and Tales of Olympus. In 2014, Kahng received the Theatre Bay Area Titan Award for Playwrights, and was featured in American Theatre Magazine as one of "9 Musical Theatre Writers You Should Know." He recently received a NAMT Writers Residency Grant and a Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant for The Four Immigrants. Kahng is also working on the NEA Grant-funded Story Explorers project, a new sensory-friendly work for young audiences living with autism spectrum disorder. Min Kahng is a resident playwright with the Playwrights Foundation and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, Theatre Communications Group, Theatre Bay Area and Theatre for Young Audiences USA. www.minkahng.com

Plays

  • Inside Out & Back Again
    Ten-year-old Hà and her family flee from Vietnam to Alabama, where she dreams of her beloved papaya tree and struggles to adjust in a strange new land. Based on Thanhha Lai’s award-winning story told in poetry. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
  • The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga
    This unique "documentary comic book" from the early 20th century serves as the inspiration for my next project. Follow the adventures of Henry, Charlie, Fred and Frank - four Japanese immigrants - as they adapt to life in the West. Experiencing historical events like the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, World War I, Prohibition and waves of anti-Japanese sentiment, the four protagonists each encounter...
    This unique "documentary comic book" from the early 20th century serves as the inspiration for my next project. Follow the adventures of Henry, Charlie, Fred and Frank - four Japanese immigrants - as they adapt to life in the West. Experiencing historical events like the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, World War I, Prohibition and waves of anti-Japanese sentiment, the four protagonists each encounter America in a different way as they grow from boys into men.

    This script is still under development. Please contact the playwright for more info.
  • The Song of the Nightingale
    Based upon a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, The Song of the Nightingale tells the story of an Emperor of China who is unaware of the beautiful Nightingale who sings in his land. The only palace worker who knows of the Bird is Mei Lin, a lowly kitchen-maid who is looking to move up inthe palace. When the Emperor requests that Mei Lin help him locate the Nightingale in exchange for a lofty promotion, Mei Lin...
    Based upon a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, The Song of the Nightingale tells the story of an Emperor of China who is unaware of the beautiful Nightingale who sings in his land. The only palace worker who knows of the Bird is Mei Lin, a lowly kitchen-maid who is looking to move up inthe palace. When the Emperor requests that Mei Lin help him locate the Nightingale in exchange for a lofty promotion, Mei Lin is only too happy to oblige. However, this transaction brings about tragic consequences as the Emperor and others in the palace fail to see the Nightingale's true beauty, judging her only by her plain and brown outer appearance.

    This script is currently undergoing revisions. Please contact the playwright for a perusal.
  • Story Explorers
    Story Explorers is an immersive and sensory-friendly theatre experience created specifically for children with autism and other special needs, age 3-12. Jump into a myriad of fascinating story worlds–from a jungle adventure, to a relaxing day at the beach, and even outer space! Your child will be transported through their imagination, accompanied by live music and a variety of multi-sensory interactive moments.
  • Bad Kitty On Stage!
    Kitty lives a life of bliss. Here she sprawls, in solitary splendor, until one day . . . (loud hissing) PUPPY! Uh oh. And then . . . (hair on back standing on end) a MOUSE! And then. . . well, let’s just say life gets complicated. Based on the popular book series by Nick Bruel, this adaptation for young audiences showcases four of Kitty's adventures rolled into one, as she learns what it means to grow up...
    Kitty lives a life of bliss. Here she sprawls, in solitary splendor, until one day . . . (loud hissing) PUPPY! Uh oh. And then . . . (hair on back standing on end) a MOUSE! And then. . . well, let’s just say life gets complicated. Based on the popular book series by Nick Bruel, this adaptation for young audiences showcases four of Kitty's adventures rolled into one, as she learns what it means to grow up and care for someone other than yourself... for the most part.

    This show is more a play-with-music than a musical, and features a live piano score as well as some pre-recorded tracks. Only the role of Miss Dee requires minimal singing.
  • Tales of Olympus: A Greek Myth Musical
    Peering down from their home on Mt. Olympus, the ancient Greek gods see a fast-paced, modern world filled with high-tech distractions. Who will remember their stories? Calliope, the goddess of epic poetry, descends from the mountaintop to enlist the help of a mortal. But will this mortal, Jason, have the guts to overcome his stagefright and become the next bard?