"The Legend of The Waitress & The Robber" by Concrete Temple Theater/ Playfactory Mabangzen and Yellowbomb (South Korea)

  • May 21 - 22, 2022
  • PS21 Black Box Theater

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037
Ticket Price $10.00-$30.00 This event is now over

$10 Students & Youth / $20 PS21 Members (no ticketing fees) / $30 General

The groundbreaking creative collaboration between Concrete Temple Theatre, Seoul, Korea-based Playfactory Mabangzen and Yellowbomb, in partnership with Korean Cultural Center NY, will develop in residency and premiere at PS21. 

“Imagine if you will, there’s a world much like ours. Maybe in the future. Or maybe even now. A world where every human lives separate and alone. The only interaction allowed - is on a phone.” 

These lyrics are from the opening song in The Legend of The Waitress & The Robber, written two years before Covid washed up on our shores. Its playful, irreverent look at the isolation inherent in our complicated contemporary culture is made even more urgent now, after two years of pandemic separation. 

Set in a dystopian society, The Legend of The Waitress & The Robber is a comic-book-style mash-up inspired by Friedrich Schiller’s play The Robbers and the Korean novel The Story of Hong Gildong, both Robin Hood-style stories of individuals betrayed by their families. With nods to Weill and Brecht, the characters sing and dance as they fight for what they believe, challenging the timeworn concepts of family and perceptions of ownership and justice.

The Waitress, fed up with watching her elderly customers be mistreated by their children, kidnaps these seniors so she can give them the care they deserve. Meanwhile, the Second Son, accused by his brother of being a thief, becomes a robber who “liberates” people from the clutches of their cellular devices.

The exciting cross-cultural collaboration is performed in English and Korean, with subtitles for both. The cast features NYC-based actors Carlo Adinolfi; Hye Young Chyun; Lisa Kitchens; and Anthony Simone. They are joined by actors from Korea: Ju Yeon Choi; Nam Pyo Kim; Won Kyongsik; Joo Youn Park; and Noh Yura. The design team includes Carlo Adinolfi (sets); Laura Anderson Barbata (costumes). The musical directors are Sean Forte and HeeEun Kim. 

Date & Time

May 21 - 22, 2022

Venue Details

PS21 Black Box Theater

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 Black Box Theater
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