Subway Stations of the Cross
Written by Ins Choi
Illustrated by Guno Park
Publication Date March 01, 2015
Based on the solo show by critically acclaimed playwright and actor Ins Choi, Subway Stations of the Cross is a journey of an ancient faith in today’s restless world.
Inspired by a real-life encounter with a homeless man, award-winning playwright Ins Choi (Kim’s Convenience) has originated an astounding work of artistry and imagination in these fourteen spoken-word poems and songs that make up Subway Stations of the Cross. Part public disturbance, part performance artist, and part modern-day prophet, Ins Choi embodies the form of a nameless vagabond who is both beggar and seer. He creates a rich tapestry of the profane and the sacred, the humorous and the banal, the contemptuous and the poignant in both poetry and lyric. It is a holy communion for the urban soul. This relevant and challenging show is captured here in book form with illustrations of subway drawings by Guno Park, whose work has been featured internationally.
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.
Guno Park is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Seoul, Korea, he grew up in Toronto, Canada for most of his life. He has a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College, a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design, and after receiving his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2011, he has been exhibiting, illustrating, and teaching drawing in New York City. He has a passion for drawing, education, and a deep interest in social realism. His work hangs in many private collections and has been widely published.