Oakland Theater Project’s ‘Endlings’ confronts legacy, reimagines performance
Location, location, location. The space individuals and histories occupy, the places immigrants and their descendants are indebted to, the stories that disappear when their owners die — in Celine Song’s play “Endlings,” the burdens and possibilities of storytelling all boil down to real estate.
Directed by UC Berkeley alumnus May Liang, Oakland Theater Project’s production in association with Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company is the West Coast premiere of “Endlings.” The play tells the story of three haenyeos, elderly Korean women who dive into the ocean for fish, and takes place on the remote island of Man-Jae. This narrative makes an unexpected connection with the plights of a playwright in Manhattan who feels the brunt of writing about the inheritance of immigration. The small space of OTP’s theater at FLAX art & design works in the story’s favor, as the intimate setting helps blur the lines between performance and experience — themes that the script’s meta sensibilities directly confront.
- Sarena Kuhn, The Daily Californian