Director of 'You for Me for You': 'They couldn't have timed it better.'

Bi Jean Ngo in InterAct Theatre's production of "You for Me for You."

Rick Shiomi is directing Mia Chung’s You for Me for You March 24-April 16 at InterAct Theatre Company. InterAct has been posting a series of video interviews about the issues surrounding the play, and in the first one Shiomi discusses the topicality of the play.

Shiomi, a leader in Asian-American theater arts since 1980, is the co-artistic director of Full Circle Theater in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He’s working in Philly on a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in the “Building Demand For The Arts” (Implementation) program. His own plays include Mask Dance, Journey of the Drum, and Yellow Fever, which played Off-Broadway, around North America, and in Japan. His directing credits include the David Hwang version of Flower Drum Song, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. In 2014 recently he directed Caught by Christopher Chen at InterAct, which earned him a Barrymore Award nomination for Outstanding Direction.

He calls You for Me for You “a beautiful play that melds very fantastic things and very deep, emotional, personal things.” The play is about two sisters in North Korea, one who escapes, one who is left behind. “What is more topical today than the immigrant experience?” Shiomi asks. What indeed?