Written by Ins Choi
Publication Date May 12, 2012
Winner of Best New Play and the Patron's Pick Award at Toronto's Fringe Festival, Kim's Convenience is the critically acclaimed, wildly popular, smash-hit debut by celebrated actor, playwright, and poet Ins Choi.
Mr. Kim is a first-generation Korean immigrant and the proud owner of Kim's Convenience, a variety store located in the heart of downtown Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood. There, he spends his time serving an eclectic array of customers, catching petty thieves, and helpfully keeping the police apprised of illegally parked Japanese cars. As the neighbourhood quickly gentrifies, Mr. Kim is offered a generous sum of money to sell - enough to allow him and his wife to finally retire. But Kim's Convenience is more than just his livelihood - it is his legacy. As Mr. Kim tries desperately, and hilariously, to convince his daughter Janet, a budding photographer, to take over the store, his wife sneaks out to meet their estranged son Jung, who has not seen or spoken to his father in sixteen years and who has now become a father himself.
Wholly original, hysterically funny, and deeply moving, Kim's Convenience tells the story of one Korean family struggling to face the future amidst the bitter memories of their past.
This edition includes an eight-page black-and-white photo insert of the original Fringe production and the Soulpepper production.
Ins Choi is an actor, poet, and playwright. His first play, Kim’s Convenience, won Best New Play and the Patron’s Pick Award at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. The play then launched Soulpepper Theatre’s 2012 season to a sold-out run and rave reviews. Choi has also been a member of many collectively created shows: 2000 Candles, The KJV: The Bible Show (ArtsEngine), Window on Toronto, and (re)birth: ee cummings in song (Soulpepper). His latest book, Subway Stations of the Cross, which was illustrated by Guno Park, is based on his acclaimed solo show. Born in South Korea, Choi grew up in Scarborough, and now resides in Toronto with his wife, Mari, and their two children, Poem and River.