January 4, 2022

Specially Processed American Me Premieres January 27 - February 19

We are thrilled to kick off 2022 by co-producing the world premiere production of Specially Processed American Me with Dixon Place and Free Rein Projects, from January 27 - February 19, 2022.

Written by former PCC Creative Fellow Jaime Sunwoo and Co-directed by Sunwoo and Karim Muasher, this new multimedia theater work investigates the legacy of SPAM, its significance in the Asia-Pacific, and its influence on Asian cuisine, unraveling the stories of three generations of women in Sunwoo’s family.

Through a narrative collage of oral history, video, music, and shadowplay, SPAM becomes a powerful symbol of colonization, immigration, assimilation, American dreams, and disillusionment, inviting us to examine the memories we hold onto and those we leave behind. Specially Processed American Me oscillates wildly between absurd humor and sober tragedy as it unpacks the ambivalent connotations of one of America’s most misunderstood foods.

This is the first major interdisciplinary performance PCC has co-produced at this scale that wasn’t created by Ping Chong—signaling our company’s expanding commitment to incubating and supporting work from emerging voices.

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“Many Asian Americans including myself have a strong emotional connection with SPAM because it is a stigmatized food that is simultaneously associated with home and nostalgia—a food that connects us to our families and links us to shared histories within the Asian diaspora.”
-Jaime Sunwoo