Statute of Limitations
Production: Salad Theater (www.salad.or.kr)
Performance Language: Korean, English
Year Created: 2018
Premiere: February 6, 2018
Playwriter & Director: Kyongju Park
Length: 70 minutes
Genre: Live streaming contemporary post- drama theatre
Documentary Video & Reportage: Kyongju Park
Live Streaming Media Director: Sungsuk Suk
Lighting Director: Singh Anima
Sound Director: Hizon Gil
Live Streaming Camera: Minwoo Kim
Public relations: Anggahan Nassier
Starring: De Mateo Lorna, Youngju Ha , Joenic France, Kyongju Park
The characters in this play attempt to solve the puzzle behind the death of a female Vietnamese migrant that occurred 10 years prior.
Trần Thanh Lan came to Korea in January, 2008 as a marriage migrant but was forced to divorce 5 days later. While waiting for the divorce to be settled, she fell to her death from her apartment under unknown circumstances.
The death of Trần Thanh Lan caused uproar in Vietnam as her body was cremated without the consent of her family, sent to Vietnam by air cargo, and delivered to her mother via the local courier service. Her mother went to Korea to demand that the police investigate the true circumstances behind her daughter's death, but the police closed the case without conducting a proper investigation.
<#Statute of Limitations> is the result of 2 years of investigative research into some of the questions surrounding the incident following a visit in 2016 to Trần Thanh Lan's mother, Huỳnh Kim Anh, in Can Tho, Vietnam by playwright and producer, Kyongju Park.
The performance criticizes the fact that the initial investigation by the police at the time of Trần Thanh Lan's death 10 years ago was insufficient and failed to reveal the cause of her death as the sites and evidence that should have been preserved immediately after the incident had disappeared. Kyongju Park brings an investigation of the suspect-site to the modern stage. Video records relating to the incident and video recordings of interviews with the people directly involved are used in the performance.
2018 is the year that the statute of limitations of the suspects behind the death of Trần Thanh Lan expires.
In the words of Kyongju Park,
"Today, the suspects may be free, but Korean society is not free from its sense of debt to the deceased for failing to unearth the truth. It is my hope to bring peace to the soul of Trần Thanh Lan through this performance."
The police and chorus are preparing for an investigation together with the victim, Trần Thanh Lan. While laying out the evidence necessary for an investigation, the hidden stories of Trần Thanh Lan unfold. As the performance comes to conclusion, the sirens of police cars and an ambulance can be heard... Will the police be able to succeed in uncovering the crime committed by the suspect and bring him to the site of investigation? This work causes the audience to creatively fill in the missing pieces with an open ending.