March 13, 2019
Playwright and foreign policy expert John Feffer performed excerpts from his new one-man show, Next Stop: North Korea. A panel discussion followed the performance that included Seung-Hee Nah, Chair of the Korean American Sharing Movement's Board, Catherine Killough, the Roger L. Hale Fellow at Ploughshares Fund, and Ryan Oh, born in North Korea and Student at Korea University in Seoul, who talked about North Korea today, US-North Korean relations, and the prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula.
How far would you travel to help other people? How many compromises would you make?
In this new one-man show, acclaimed playwright and performer John Feffer brings audiences as close to North Korea as they can get without a visa and an airplane ticket. Based on his visits to the country and the work he did there, Feffer explores the challenges of doing good in a morally ambiguous environment. He takes you inside Kim Il Sung’s mausoleum, up and down the Tower of the Juche Idea, out to the North Korean countryside, and into the hearts and minds of North Koreans themselves. Follow along as this “brilliant writer and performer” (Washington City Paper) brings you on an alternately funny, sobering, and thrilling trip of a lifetime.
John Feffer is the writer and performer of the critically acclaimed one-man shows The Bird, Edible Rex, and Stuff. He is a recipient of a solo performance award in 2016 from the Maryland State Arts Council. Angela Kay Pirko is a DC-based director and actor. She is a member of the 2014 Lincoln Center Directors Lab, two-time member of the Directors’ Studio at Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the co-producer/resident director for Nu Sass Productions.
Catherine Killough is the Roger L. Hale Fellow at Ploughshares Fund, where she focuses on North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. Previously, she studied inter-Korean relations, the US alliance system in East Asia, and the transnational politics of Asia. She is also interested in analyzing the legacies of colonialism and race on nuclear power, and deconstructing the mainstream discourse on nuclear weapons.
Prior to joining Ploughshares Fund, Catherine gained experience in foreign and domestic policy making as an intern in the State Department’s Office of Korean Affairs and as a fellow in the Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. She also served as a research intern for the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK).
Catherine recently graduated with an MA in Asian Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She received a BA in English Literature from the University of Arizona.
Ms. Seung-Hee Nah serves as the chair of KASM's board. She worked for 23 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Her experiences include privatization, initial investment, business development, and corporate restructuring and workout cases. Regionally, her work covered Eastern and Central Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Her IFC experience was quite broad: her industries included manufacturing, healthcare, education, and agribusiness. She initiated and co-authored her first book, “Establishing Private Healthcare Facilities in Developing Countries: a Practical Guide for Medical Entrepreneurs” (World Bank Institute, 2007). In addition to her involvement in KASM, Ms. Nah also serves on the board of Choson Exchange Sg. Ltd. She holds an MBA from the George Washington University. She joined KASM in March 1997.
Ms. Jeeyeon Seo is a graphic designer by trade and holds a Knowledge Management Officer position at the World Bank. She has over a decade of experience developing knowledge exchange programs and online learning environments for development practitioners. As a South Korean living abroad, volunteering at the KASM (since May 1997) has played an instrumental role in shaping her positive outlook toward reunification. Outside of her career in international development, Ms. Seo enjoys designing cutting-edge leadership programs and participating in various civic engagement organizations.