New York City
Undermain Theatre of Dallas presents The Appeal, a super-charged electronica version of the lives of the English Romantic poets written by blazing hot new playwright Young Jean Lee. Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth and his sister get drunk, hang out, and commiserate in England and the Swiss Alps.
The show stars Shelby Davenport as William Wordsworth, Todd Haberkorn as Lord Byron, Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Dorothy Wordsworth, and Kent Williams as Samuel Coleridge. Katherine Owens directs.
Young Jean Lee was born in Korea in 1974 and moved to the United States when she was two. She grew up in Pullman, WA and attended college at UC Berkeley, where she majored in English. Immediately after college, she entered Berkeley’s English PhD program, where she studied Shakespeare for six years before dropping out and moving to New York to become a playwright in 2002. Since then, she has directed her plays at HERE Arts Center (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven), P.S. 122 (Pullman, WA), Soho Rep (The Appeal), and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater (Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals). She has worked with Radiohole (None of It) and performed with the National Theater of the United States of America (What’s That On My Head?!?). She is a member of New Dramatists and 13P, a resident artist at HERE Arts Center and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), and has an MFA from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College. Her plays have been published in New Downtown Now, an anthology edited by Mac Wellman and herself, and in Three Plays by Young Jean Lee.