PhD Theatre Alumna Esther Kim Lee to Present Lecture at Ohio State

January 26, 2017
Esther Kim Lee

IKS Lecture: Esther Kim Lee, "Korean Avant-Garde Theatre and Sung Rno’s 'Yi Sang Counts to Thirteen'"

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 2:20pm to 3:40pm
Ramseyer Hall 059 (29 W Woodruff Ave)

The Institute for Korean Studies (IKS) presents:

Esther Kim Lee
Head of History/Theory and Head of MA/PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies
Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies
University of Maryland

"Korean Avant-Garde Theatre and Sung Rno’s Yi Sang Counts to Thirteen"

FlyerEsther Kim Lee Flyer.pdf

Abstract: The paper discusses the production of Sung Rno’s play Yi Sang Counts to Thirteen, which was produced in Korea in 1998. The play takes place in “Seoul as reflected through a certain Mr. Yi Sang’s strange and twisted brain,” as described by the playwright. The Korean surrealist poet Yi Sang died in 1937 at the age of twenty-seven during the height of Japanese colonial rule in Korea. He is considered a poet genius who has received unprecedented posthumous recognition. He is a mythic character in the Korean literary society. Sung Rno presents a surrealistic play inspired by translations of Yi Sang’s poems that blur literary genres and defy structural rules. The paper examines the production in the context of Korean avant-garde theatre and experimental art.

BioEsther Kim Lee teaches courses in theatre history, theory, and criticism. She specializes in Asian American theatre, Korean diaspora theatre, and globalization and theatre. Her book, The Theatre of David Henry Hwang (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama), was published in December 2015. She was the Chief Editor of Theatre Survey, the official journal of the American Society for Theatre Research from 2013 to 2014. Her new research project explores the history of yellowface in the United States, and she received the Graduate School Research and Scholarship Award for summer of 2015.

Free and open to the public.


This event made possible in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center.