The year-old director is putting the finishing touches on the musical, based on the life of a roommate who committed suicide and which makes its premiere at the Theatre at St. He just wanted to be an actor but ended up committing suicide. He had made a risky decision by broaching the topic of "comfort women," women and girls — many of Korean origin — who were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers during WWII , he said, but it paid off when the musical garnered attention from the Korean press, and Kim found himself sought after by wealthy Korean producers and investors. I wanted to make musicals about Korean stories, and later, about Asian stories. Though he successfully directed some small local productions based on Broadway musicals afterwards, his multiple attempts at staging original musicals were met with failure. We have to create opportunities for ourselves. His parents, who wanted him to attend one of the top three universities in Korea, were dismayed, according to Kim.
Theatre at St. Clement's presents this new musical about the trials and tribulations of immigration. Han, a South Korean starving artist living in Harlem, is fighting for his chance at the American Dream. Trouble is, he's not an American citizen. After meeting Mia, a spunky aspiring singer with skeletons to hide, they come up with a mutually beneficial plan: a fake marriage that earns her money and him a green card. Needs tons of work.
The screenplay focuses on an American woman who enters into a marriage of convenience with a Frenchman so he can obtain a green card and remain in the United States. After moving in, to explain her spouse's absence, she tells the doorman and neighbors he is conducting musical research in Africa. Although the two have little time to get their facts straight, the agents who question them appear to be satisfied with their answers. But when one of the agents asks to use the bathroom and Georges directs him to a closet, their suspicions are aroused, and they schedule a full, formal interview to be conducted two days later at their office. They try to learn about each other's past and their quirks and habits but quickly find they can barely tolerate each other. He so impresses the Adlers with an impressionistic piano piece set to a poem about children and trees that they agree to donate their plants to the Green Guerrillas. The two are questioned separately, and when Georges is caught out by the interviewer, he confesses the marriage is a sham.