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In Julia Cho's heartfelt and moving ‘Aubergine,’ a son cooks a meal for his dying father to say everything that words can’t.
The people who populate the fictional suburb of Rancho Viejo would probably never seek out, let alone read, a “Playwright’s Perspective” about a play called Rancho Viejo. Like most Americans, I’d guess, they’re only vaguely aware that playwrights still exist, and they’d only be moderately interested in hearing one’s “perspective.” Not because they’re incurious, but because they prefer to watch television at home or read books or magazines and hang out with one another at the occasional get-together or barbecue.
In his playwright interview with me for ‘The Big Meal,’ Dan talked at some length about his insecurity as a writer in mining the territory of his youth, Southern California, as a setting for his literary endeavors. As a result, he said, he set his early work in abstract locations, à la Beckett. In time, Dan embraced his background and made it his own, but he has never quite embraced the ethos of Southern California as wholeheartedly as he does in Rancho Viejo.
In Dan LeFranc’s masterful new comedy of anxiety, Rancho Viejo, the question of whether or not we are living as we ought, or as we might, whether other people in other places might be living more nobly, expansively, joyfully, vitally, truthfully, creeps discomfitingly beneath the surface of a succession of backyard barbecues and suburban domestic gatherings, in an affluent Southern California town where nothing much ever seems to happen.
Rancho Viejo isn’t a real place. It is, as Dan LeFranc describes in the opening stage directions of his play, “a fictional affluent suburb in a temperate climate.” But while visiting my parents this past summer in the rolling, expansive suburban vistas of south Orange County, California, somewhere between Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, I was pretty excited to stumble upon a road sign [lower photo] because a few years back, the first time Dan let me read a draft of Rancho Viejo, the world of this play instantly transported me back to the landscape I grew up in.
Julia Cho: I reached a point where I felt, “This is ridiculous that I haven’t written a play in so long.” And what I did on just the most practical level was, I wrote out a contract that said, “I promise I will write every single day until I have a play.” And then I signed it and I dated it. And I kept the promise.
The energy in the room was on fire! We couldn't be more charged up to begin work on Adam Bock's ‘A Life,’ equipped with an amazing team and cast.
우리 아버지를 생각할때 두가지의 음식이 떠올라요. 첫번째는 라면이에요. 물론 요즘 유행하는 일본 라면 말고, 우리 한국라면이죠. 슈퍼가서 살수있는, 박스안에 밝은 포장지로 쌓인 라면. 한국사람들한테는, 특히 재미교포들한테는 깊이 와닿는 음식이죠. 보글보글 라면을 끓이면서 계란하나 타악 넣은 그 라면 맛, 한국사람이면누구나 그맛이 뭔지알죠 .