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September 29, 2006

’My Fair Lady’ It Isn’t -- More on ’Yoduk Story’

Chuck will be talking on Monday's radio broadcast about Yoduk Story. The musical makes its American premiere next week in Bethesda, Maryland; tickets are available here.

Both the director and choreographer are gulag survivors--among the estimated 200,000 political prisoners being tortured, starved, and brutally killed in North Korea's six prison camps. Yoduk Story tells the story of a dancer who is sent to Yoduk prison, is raped by a drunken guard, and gives birth to a baby. Despite the grim setting and storyline, the musical's ultimate message is one of hope, forgiveness, and redemption.

Yoduk Story was first staged in South Korea, where nervous state officials did everything they could to shut it down, fearful of offending their northern neighbors. Investors backed out (the writer-director ultimately put up one of his own kidneys as collateral); so did the theater that had originally agreed to stage it. Nevertheless, the show went on (albeit at Seoul's equivelent to off- off-Broadway); some 75,000 people came to see it, including many young people who had known next to nothing about the gulags. Yoduk Story was originally slated to appear at Washington's National Theater; it was moved out of Washington for reasons that remain mysterious. However, those familiar with the endless threats and intimidation that have dogged this musical will probably not be surprised.

Is Yoduk Story true to life? Playwright Jung Sung San told the Christian Science Monitor: "We know the actual situation in North Korea is 10 times worse."

While attending a musical depicting love, torture, and survival in a prison camp (pictures here) may not be the most cheerful way to spend an evening at the theater, the producers hope it will bring much-needed attention to the plight of those suffering under the dictatorship of Kim Jong-il. If Yoduk Story is well-attended next week, the musical will likely travel to other American cities. Discounts are available on group ticket purchases for students and seniors. If you live anywhere near the D.C. Metro area, please consider attending. Yoduk Story will be performed on October 4, 5 and 6.

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