Land of Gazillion Adoptees: You totally rocked the Kickstarter fundraiser for the remount The Origins Project: Memoirs in Motion. How excited are you on a scale of 1-10? Or does the scale need to be 1-25 or 1-gazillion?
Sun Mee Chomet: I’d say GAZILLION for sure. It feels…overwhelming to have this much of a desire from the community for the show. Especially since both of our pieces were scary and revealing for us to write. I’ll let Katie pipe in for herself, but given the fact that I was about to bail on even writing my piece three weeks before our opening night this past spring, the response is…beyond words. The open-armed-community-near-and-far backing of the shows Katie and me that no matter how uncomfortable we are being up on stage, raw and naked (not literally naked, figuratively speaking), sharing the work is more important than our comfort levels. The stories of adult adoptees must be heard: true, revealed, and unraveled. As Katie and I continue to come to terms with our own adoption stories in a very public setting through The Origin(s) Project, we sense how deeply the sharing of our stories resonates with each person privately.
Katie Hae Leo: Is there a scale for infinity? Seriously, we are beyond blown away by how well the Kickstarter campaign went. To have the community respond so positively feels…I can’t describe it. I feel humbled by people’s generosity, validated as an artist, and most of all, inspired. Inspired by the adoption community – locally, nationally, and internationally. Inspired by people’s belief in giving voice to the adopted experience and the importance of art within that voice. Inspired to keep trying to contribute, in some small way, to getting that voice heard.
LGA: When are the dates again for next run?
Katie: Thursdays through Saturdays, October 25-27 and November 1-3, 7:30 p.m. with added matinees on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 21 at noon. Folks should go to www.dreamlandarts.com and look under “The Origin(s) Project” for details.
Sun Mee: The dates are October 25-27 and November 1-3. Shows are at 7:30pm with added 2pm matinees on Saturdays. Tickets go on sale at noon this Friday, September 21st, the same day that the iPhone 5 comes out. We’ll see who sells out first! We’re expecting the tickets to go quickly.
LGA: Did you make any changes to your pieces?
Katie: Since this is a remount, we’re not making any structural or textual changes to the pieces. For me, I’m looking forward to taking some time in October to revisit my piece, rehearse, and make it the best it can be again.
Sun Mee: A few small changes. Since I wrote How to Be a Korean Woman in such a flurry for our first run, I will have some time to go through the show during rehearsals and look at the flow of language. I may have Katie look at my writing to see if she has any suggestions since I trust her ear for words. And I may look at some of Katie’s movement sequences, since I have a dance background.
Since we’ve known each other for over 15 years, we have a chemistry and trust each other deeply as artists. Our joke lately, as we’ve been running the Kickstarter, facebook updates, sending press releases, etc., is that we actually share one brain. It has gotten to the point where we can answer for each other, knowing exactly how the other would respond. Of course we don’t because nice Minnesotans don’t do that, but we sure could, you betcha.
LGA: Word/you betcha…