One man: A Korean American actor. One dream: To be the first Asian Steve McQueen… Plan B: Die.
Stevie Lee Saxon has to keep a promise to his father… To become the first Korean leading man in Hollywood that does not do kung fu. So Stevie Lee, travels far and wide, but cannot find an Asian Hollywood role model who represents who he is as an individual. Namely, an Asian American man who is strong, macho, vulnerable, compassionate, moody, angry, lustful, deceptive, sensitive, brutal, loving, hurtful, unpredictable, raw, dangerous, tender, playful and ultimately as flawed and complex as Marlon Brando’s Paul in Last Tango in Paris or Ben Kingsley’s Don Logan in Sexy Beast. So Stevie Lee finds his role model in Steve McQueen, a man who made no compromises. Stevie Lee embarks on a perilous, divided quest to change the landscape of Hollywood, to give it a new face and to uncover his relationship with his own father. Stevie Lee must be a Korean daredevil if he wishes to make it, rocketing for the sun. Will he make it or will he freefall into Snake River Canyon?
Korean Badass is Stevie Lee Saxon’s answer to the lack of a three-dimensional Asian-American actor in Hollywood. Gone are the days of Thoroughly Modern Millie, now there is Sung Kang in Tokyo Drift and John Cho in Harold & Kumar. Yet, in the author’s opinion, we have a long highway left to travel. There is a peculiar irony about storytelling: the more you reveal the core of your unique self, the more universal you become. After all, aren’t these faces and bodies just masks for the Universal Self? And what is the universal self in Korean Badass, it is the journey a man endures trying to honor his father and keep his integrity in the jungle of Hollywood. He is a maverick, forging a path that has not been walked before, hoping his ability and passion will give him that one shot to make his mark. Did we say, make a mark? No, make a gash and run it to the hilt.
About the company
The mission of the Asian American Theater Company (AATC) is to connect people to Asian American culture through theater. The Asian American Theater Company (AATC) was established in 1973 to develop and present original works of theater about Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Three decades later, we are still committed to producing groundbreaking, entertaining and innovative art. We are not only a production company, but also a workshop where Asian Pacific Islander writers, actors and directors can explore ideas, understanding that we won’t always know where those ideas will lead. Whether these works end up in video, on film or on stage, they carry with them the Asian American Theater’s purpose: to explore who we are as a people and a community, and in so doing, to bring us closer together.
About the artists
JEANNIE BARROGA (Director) Jeannie Barroga is a member of the Dramatists Guild (Active Member), Theatre Bay Area, and LMDA and is the Artistic Director of the Asian American Theater Company. She directs Stevie Lee Saxon’s Korean Badass (AATC August 2006, NAATF June 2007, and the SF Fringe Festival October 2007. Her own 2005-7 productions: Banyan; My Friend Morty; Walls (NEA grant); plus Walls (Baltimore, San Jose 2007). She was a Bay Area Playwrights Foundation Guest of Honor March 2007. She has directed Teatro ng Tanan’s tour of Kin, Los Espantos by Lynne Coffman, Kenny Was a Shortstop in 1991 and My Friend Morty in 1989, winner of the Playwrights Center Festival. Her 1995 Off-Broadway play Rita’s Resources produced by Pan Asian Repertory. She co-mentors Asian American Theater Company’s Incubator with Philip Kan Gotanda. Recent production was AATC’s 2005 Banyan and My Friend Morty February 2006. She founded, directed for and cast new plays during the two years the Playwright Forum operated in Palo Alto and was TheatreWorks’ literary manager: 1985-2003. Ms. Barroga received the 1996 Los Angeles Maverick Award, the 1991 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Ten-Minute Play award, the ‘Tino and Joey Awards, and the 2000 CalArts Award nomination. Plays that have been published are: Walls, Talk-Story, and Eye of the Coconut, and the upcoming Gadgets and The Bubblegum Killers. She thanks her husband, Tony, for his support.
STEVIE LEE SAXON (Actor, Writer) Graduating with a degree in Dramatic Arts from The University of Kansas before acting and producing short films in Austin, Texas, Steve is currently one of only a handful of students obtaining a Masters in Fine Arts with emphasis in Acting under Diane Baker’s tutelage at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.
ANTHONY BELLON (Bellon Technical Consultant/AV Editor) Graduate of DeAnza College with a degree in Film/TV production, and founder of At the Door Productions, Anthony Bellon has worked in video production, graphic design, and sound editing for the past 15 years. In 2006 he produced, video and audio works for the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, Asian American Theater Company, Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene, the Japanese American Museum San Jose, Comedian Paul Varghese, National Lampoon Radio Network, and a short subject film for the Howard Stern Film Festival 2006. Anthony is currently working with Stevie Lee Saxon and Jeannie Barroga to create the visual and audio cues for the show Korean Badass. For more information, or to see samples of his work, visit www.myspace.com/atthedoorproductions.