Winning playwrights and producers of the LANPP 2022 theater production grants came together in December to celebrate four new plays to be produced in the coming year. Two of the four plays selected by the panel are by playwright David Johann Kim. Kim’s Pang Spa will be premiered by Chalk Repertory Theatre in a site-specific production staged in Koreatown. En route to that, Pang Spa was presented at the Inkwell Theater in a workshop reading, January 20-22, 2023.

Kim’s play Two Stop will be produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA. Both plays are set in the LA Korean community in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict, and they are related in character and theme.

Rosie Narasaki’s Unrivaled, will be produced by Jon Rivera of Playwrights’ Arena, opening March 25th, 2023. The venue will be the Boston Court in Pasadena. Narasaki’s work has been developed and produced by Becky and Baldwin, David Henry Hwang Writers’ Institute, and others. 

Marlow Wyatt new play SHE is slated for production next fall by the Antaeus Theatre Company. Wyatt’s authentic storylines from diverse American subcultures take their cues from the rhythms, patterns, and movements of everyday life. Before the premiere, SHE will receive a reading from the Lower Depths Theatre. This is Wyatt’s first full professional play production.

Celebrating the 2022 LANPP winners: Angela Bullock, Ana Rose O'Halloran, Bill Brochtrup, Tracey Leigh, David Johann Kim, Paula Holt, Rosie Narasaki, Jon Lawrence Rivera, Nathan Birnbaum, Hilary Ward. Photo by Mariposa Pictures/Beth Hawkes