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- World Premiere


Writer: Hank H. Kim
Director: Anna C. Michael

"Whipped" by Hank H. Kim explores tyranny and oppression using dark humor and thriller aspects. It imagines where our country and planet will be in 2037 if political dysfunction and polarization continue in their currently troubling way. Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival will present the play's world premiere September 2 to September 7, directed by Anna C. Michael. It’s 2037 and the planet is teetering on the verge of a global economic meltdown as well as facing the specter of ecological doomsday. Against this dystopian backdrop, America has sworn in its first female President promising a return to values of austerity and propriety. Frank and Cassie Fornitelli, a struggling couple with some uncomfortable secrets between them, are visited by Whip, a senior government case officer for the newly minted Department of Personal Responsibility and Rectitude, who is charged with helping the Fornitellis get their financial troubles in order. Whip, an Asian-American with an English accent, is not the devoted, squeaky clean official that he’s cracked up to be. He has a dark hidden agenda. "Whipped" is a black comedy/psychological thriller that satirizes how the ideal of government by the people, of the people and for the people is all too often just an empty slogan.


Community Theater

Monday - September 2 - 9pm
Tuesday - September 3 - 6:30pm
Wednesday- September 4 - 9pm
Friday - September 6 - 9pm
Saturday - September 7 - 8pm
Sunday - September 8 - 8pm

Running time: Whipped is 90 Minutes $15.

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Playwright Hank H. Kim is a Brooklyn-based playwright, filmmaker and actor. His short play "Iago Is Dying," was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Network Short Play Festival in New York City. The world premiere of "Whipped" in TNC’s Dream Up Festival marks Kim’s first full-length play production. He was a member of the Gingold Theatrical Group’s Speakers’ Corner developmental writers’ lab in 2017-18. Kim is also a 2010 graduate of the William Esper Studio for acting, under the tutelage of the late, great Bill Esper, as well as a 2008 graduate of the Labyrinth Theater Co. master class. He is also creator, writer and co-director of “Laying Low,” a 30 minutes episodic pilot that has screened at festivals including the Soho International Film Festival and the Orlando Film Festival. “Laying Low,” was selected Best of Show, TV Pilot Dramedy at the WRPN Global Webisode Competition in 2017. As an actor, he has worked in film, television and theater. Credits include Sony Pictures Classic’s “After the Wedding,” and STARZ Network's "Power."

Director Anna C. Michael is a director and playwright of Irish and Lebanese descent. She is interested in new work that explores identities similar to her own. Her musical "The Ugly Kids" was a part of the 2018 Fresh Fruit Festival at the Wild Project. She also recently received the 2018 SDC Kurt Weill fellowship to observe David Pountney in Strasbourg, France. Her fight direction has recently been seen at Access Theatre and Theatre 80 St. Marks in "The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini" with the Speakeasy Dollhouse company. She has an upcoming residency at The Tank which will feature a production of her new play, "This Coffee Shop is Dead."


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