Synopsis: On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly women spend their dying days diving into the ocean and harvesting seafood with rusty knives. They are “haenyeos”—sea women— and they have no heirs to their millennium-old tradition. Across the globe on the island of Manhattan, a Korean-Canadian playwright, twice an immigrant, spends her days wrestling with the expectation that she write “authentic” stories about her identity.
Cast Breakdown: 4W(5M)
HAN SOL: a haenyeo in her 90s
GO MIN: a haenyeo in her 80s
SOOK JA: a haenyeo in her 70s
HA YOUNG: a Korean-Canadian Manhattanite in her late 20s
STAGE MANAGERS should be played by the production’s actual white male stagehands.
Set/Costume Requirements: The island of Man-Jae and the island of Manhattan.
The haenyeos dressed as haenyeos, Ha Young dressed as a young artist in New York, White Stage Managers dressed in stagehand all-black.
Agent: Kevin Lin @ CAA
Bio: Endlings received its world premiere in 2019 at American Repertory Theater, and it will have its New York premiere in 2020 at New York Theatre Workshop. It was selected for the 2018 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, and it was placed on the 2017 Kilroys list. Celine is a member of the Public Theater’s 2016-2017 Emerging Writers Group, Ars Nova’s 2014-2015 Play Group, and The Orchard Project's inaugural NYC Greenhouse 2018. She was a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow from 2017-2018, a 2014 & 2016 Great Plains Theatre Conference Playwright, and she was a 2017 semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Her play Tom & Eliza was a semifinalist for the American Playwriting Foundation's 2016 Relentless Award. Celine has been awarded residencies, fellowships, and commissions from MTC/Sloan, Sundance, the Millay Colony for the arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation. She holds an M.F.A. from Columbia. Celine is a staff writer on Amazon's The Wheel of Time, and she is developing a project for television with Diablo Cody and Beth Behrs.