October 6, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 4

Professional guest actress Emma Bates in "Shim Ch'ong"

Cal State Northridge Brings Korean Legend to Getty Center

'Shim Ch'ong: A Korean Folk Tale' Will Head for Seoul in November

The legend of Shim Ch'ong, a selfless Korean mountain girl, will come alive in the Cal State Northridge Theatre Department's fast-paced fusion of eastern and western, traditional and non-traditional storytelling this month at The Getty Center.

At the invitation of The Getty Center, the department will present "Shim Ch'ong: A Korean Folk Tale" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 and at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. A week of performances at the National Theatre in Seoul, Korea, will follow in November.

Supported by grants totaling $38,000 from the Korean Cultural Center and the Korea Foundation, the production is part of the Theatre Department's effort to broaden its international theatre program. It also has received corporate support from Korea's Asiana Airlines and Marriott's Renaissance Hotel Seoul.

Northridge theatre lecturer Doug Kaback adapted "Shim Ch'ong" from author Marshall Pihl's English translation of the tale's "p'ansori" performance text. "P'ansori," Korea's traditional oral narrative, is a combination of story and song accompanied on "puk," a small barrel-like drum.

The nearly 1,700-year old story tells of a girl who attempts to sacrifice herself in return for restoration of her father's sight. World renowned "p'ansori" artist Chan E. Park will tell the original story line, said James De Paul, Theatre Department chair and artistic director, but several other story lines will be used to explore the concept of remaining true to one's inner path.

A combination of students and professional actors, among them Cal State Northridge alumna Jamie Rose of television's "Falcon Crest" and noted martial artist/fight choreographer William Walters, complete the cast.

Admission to the production is free, but reservations are required. For information, call the Getty reservation line at (310) 440-7300 or go to the Web site at www.getty.edu.

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