Lan’s Diary

The Series of Unrespected Death Ⅲ

Lan’s Diary, 2011

Supported by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture

-Title: Lan’s Diary

-Production: Theater SALAD (

-Concept/Writer/ Director: Park Kyong Ju

-Choreography: Yuko Kaseki

-Music: Wolfgang in der Wiesche

-Media diretor: Sungsuk Suk

-Stage & Costume Design: Park Kyong Ju

-Cast: Lorna de mateo, Dashima Prub, Gewha Kim, Byungsun Rue, Ariun Jargal

-Duration: 90min.

-Premiere: 2011.Mai. 22. (Box Theatre of Seoul Art Space_ MULLAE)

-Light director: Jae-sung Lee

-Make-up: Terra Hoyoo

-Translation: Hayan Jeon

-Supported by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture

Lan’s diary”, an experimental theatre, shows how painful and unstable life a Vietnam woman lived in Korea where understanding of other cultures lacks and paternalism is prevalent through her diary that she had written before she died. By doing so, the theatre tries to tell stories of migrant women who died after they came to Korea. Diverse instruments such as music, performance, objet, video, and recording are used in the theatre but it will not show any images of ‘oppressed persons’ such as ‘poor woman’ or ‘victim.’ Rather, ‘Ran’s diary’ discloses how ‘fantasy of men’ and ‘fantasy of women’ are entangled with each other under anti social system, ‘marriage through international brokerage like human trafficking,’ in Korean society.

Ran, a friend of Chaw, was killed by an accident. However, the police conclude that Ran committed suicide without reasonable investigation and Chaw cannot accept their conclusion. Chaw discovers Ran’s diary while arranging her stuff. After reading her diary, Chaw thinks Ran did not commit suicide. She starts lonely fight for finding out cause of Ran’s death but nobody understands her. After reading Ran’s diary, she finds out that what life Ran had lived before she died. However, unfortunately, Ran stopped writing a diary three days before she died.

The Series of Unrespected Death’ (plan/writing/directing: Park Kyong Ju)’ refocusing on migration and death has dealt with stories of Korean miners dispatched to Germany, foreign migrant workers in the Yeosu Detention Center, one migrant woman who died after international marriage like human trafficking, and ‘refugees’ and ‘people on the margins’. The series that migrant people themselves, not professional actors, have told their stories on the stage will close its theatrical experiment with refocusing on the issue of multiculturalism.