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Specially Processed American Me (part of FailSafe Festival 2018)
The Sonnet Theater @ The Producers Club
New York, NY
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Specially Processed American Me (part of FailSafe Festival 2018)
"Specially Processed American Me" is a multidisciplinary performance using SPAM, the canned meat, to connect memories of the artist's Korean-American upbringing and share her familys accounts of the Korean War. It investigates SPAM's legacy in the military, its place in individual and collective memory, and its influence on Korean cuisine through a narrative collage of monologues, animation, soundscapes, sculpture, and cooking. Thrashing between absurd humor and sober tragedy, genuine affection and biting criticism, "Specially Processed American Me" is a thought-provoking exploration of one of America's most misunderstood foods.

In addition to performances, "Specially Processed American Me" holds food history and storytelling workshops over a communal SPAM meal. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @speciallyprocessed

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Artist Information

Jaime Sunwoo (Artist, Performer) is a Korean-American multidisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, New York. She combines video, audio, sculpture, and storytelling to create sensory performances in galleries, theaters, and public spaces. Her works are part playful, part tragic, and often examine food as a way to discuss identity, history, and death. She studied art at Yale University, where she wrote and directed "Household". Her site-specific projects include "The Creature" for the DUMBO Arts Festival, and interactive bar installation "Earshot". She has collaborated with Whoop Dee Doo, and appeared on PBS's Art21. Her upcoming public works will be featured in STooPS Art Crawl and Art in Odd Places 2018. She is currently a fellow at the Laundromat Project for socially engaged art. See her work at

Matt Chilton (Sound Designer, Composer) is a New York native and Brooklyn-based musician and producer focused on building immersive soundscapes from improvisations and unconventional sources. He previously worked with Jaime Sunwoo on her domestic drama "Household" at Yale University and most recently with playwright and songwriter Aya Aziz on her one-woman show "Eh Dah: Questions for my Father" at New York Music Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Planet Connections Theater Festivity. He studied composition, recording, and sound design with Paula Matthusen at Wesleyan University.

Chris Ignacio (Producer) is a NY based theatre artist, musician, puppeteer, and educator. He has toured nationally and abroad since earning his BFA from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He is a current Culture Push Fellow, and Queens Council on the Arts: Community Engagement Commissioning grant recipient for his project, "Co-written", which involves songwriting with young people of color. His is dedicated to working with marginalized communities toward an empowering self-actualization through theater and music. He recently served as Associate Producer for the Obie Award winning Ma-Yi Theater Company.

Hao Bai (Lighting Designer) works as a designer & technician in lights, sound, & video, and occasionally photographer. Selected recent design credits: Lighting Design: "Shasta Geaux Pop" (CAC, Cincinnati); "Run! Its Getting Ugly" (by Susana Cook @ JACK); YNCAST (by Stacey Robinson @ JACK); 2017 & 2018 "La Mama Moves!"; Kate Bornstein; Mindanao Dance (La Mama), "ADITL" (La Mama); "The Plain of Jars" (NYU); "Being" (NYU), "Medusa" and "Oddity" (TNC); Lighting & Set Design: "House or Home" (Park Avenue Armory); "The Workroom" (One Art Space); Music & Sound Design: "Don Quixote Takes New York" (Loco7); "The Violin" (59E59), "Gemini Stars/Scorpio Stars" (Pioneers Go East Collective); "Puppet-Shows" (Loco7), "Paisieu" (Target Margin); Video & Sound Design: "American Mill #2" (A.R.T/New York Theatres); Lighting & Sound design: "TELE-VISION" (Triskelion Arts); "Gemini Stars" (Triskelion Arts); "Sound Departures" (La Mama)

Mia Bloomfield (Performer) is an improviser and singer/song writer living in Brooklyn. She writes and stars in her 1960s parody girl group The Baguettes, "The Baguettes Variety Time" podcast coming soon. You can see her improvise at the Magnet Theater in the Melodrama and all over the city with her all women improv team ButterFly Kisses.

Lea McKenna-Garcia (Performer) is an actor, writer, and singer, based in New York. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, and has performed at regional theaters across the US, and all around NYC.

Amy Savino (Performer) is a singer who lives in the tri-state area. A former student at the Eastman School of Music, Amy has performed as the second lady in "Die Zauberflöte", Gretel in "Hänsel und Gretel", and as a soprano soloist in "The Messiah", Vivaldi's "Gloria", Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater", Faure's "Requiem", and Bach's "Christmas Oratorio", along with numerous recitals.

part of FailSafe Festival 2018
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The Sonnet Theater @ The Producers Club (View)
358 W. 44th Street
New York, NY 10032
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Other > Festivals

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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On BPT Since: Jun 24, 2017
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