Featured Artist: Jiehae Park

Featured Artist: Jiehae Park

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This is a series of posts featuring our artists who are making things happen in and around our great borough of Queens.  Please check back weekly for new posts.

Jiehae Park
Jiehae Park

Actor and playwright. playwright and actor? word order depends on the day.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Sunnyside, 1 and 3/4 years.

How did you get involved in theater?
for the first grade spring musical, i was cast as a pussywillow. but man, i really wanted to be a daffodil. really really. they had these awesome yellow hats made out of construction paper and a better song. so i marched up to the teacher and politely-but-firmly requested to join the daffodils.  present-day me could probably learn a lot from that 1st-grader.

What do you love most about Queens?
The surprising number of super-talented friends who live out here, and the general sense of –and this word gets thrown out a lot, but i really feel it in queens– community

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
Walking down with friends and neighbors to Gantry State Park in LIC after the hurricane and seeing half of the Manhattan skyline lit up, the other half in shadow. Then walking back to Sunnyside and feeling major gratitude over fresh mozzerella pizza from Lenny’s
Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Fish and chips in the back garden room at Molly Blooms
Sunnyside Gardens. Trees = happiness.
Korean grocery stores (my people are really good with produce)

Current/Upcoming projects?
HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO will be developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Ojai Playwrights Conference this summer, and will have readings June 26th at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and in early June for the 2013 Leah Ryan Prize.


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