Oakland Theater Project, in association with Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, is thrilled to present the West Coast Premiere of Endlings by Celine Song (a finalist for the 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, selected for the 2018 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and included on the 2017 Kilroys list).
On the remote island of Man-Jae, Korea, three elderly women spend their dying days free diving into the ocean to harvest seafood. These haenyeos—“sea women”—are the last practitioners of their millennium-old tradition. On the island of Manhattan, a Korean-Canadian playwright navigates external expectations of how her own identity intersects with the stories she tells.
In a magical reflection of the interplay between narrative and identity, this whimsical satire humorously reveals how the stories we tell can obscure entire peoples, and asks: how we are to remove ourselves from an entrapping culture while we simultaneously perpetuate it for our own self-interest?