Rehearsal Residency: SPECIALLY PROCESSED AMERICAN ME by Jaime Sunwoo

By Jaime Sunwoo

Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15 | 7pm
First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street, New York

Join us for a reading of Jaime Sunwoo’s ‘Specially Processed American Me’, a surreal autobiographical performance using SPAM, the canned meat, as a portal into her Asian American upbringing and her family’s experiences of the Korean War. It investigates SPAM’s legacy in the military, its significance in the Asia-Pacific, and its influence on Asian cuisine through music, shadowplay, and cooking. Oscillating wildly between absurd humor and sober tragedy, Specially Processed American Me is a thought-provoking exploration of one of America’s most misunderstood foods.

In addition to performances, Specially Processed American Me holds food history and storytelling workshops over a communal SPAM meal. To learn more, visit and follow and

Performed by Jaime SunwooJuella Baltonado, Nathaniel Basch-Gould, Kiyou Kamisawa, Alex M. Lee, Adrianna Mateo, and Arielle Rabano.
Music and Lyrics by Matt Chilton.
Dramaturgy by Alex M. Lee.

Past development support thanks to Leviathan LabBarn ArtsFailSafe Festival NYC, and BAX Upstart Program.

Public showings: December 14 & 15, 2019 @7pm | RSVP
First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street, New York

Every fall HB Studio invites theater artists and playwrights to apply for The HB Rehearsal Space Residency, which provides access to free rehearsal space for the development of new work. Recipients are asked to offer a minimum of two public presentations of their work in process. These presentations may range from a seated reading, to a full dress rehearsal, and they are intended to provide the recipients the opportunity to interact with the HB community and receive valuable feedback on their work in process.

New York State Council of the Arts


  • Time:
    Every day
    December 14, 2019 – December 15, 2019
    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm ET
  • Location: HB Studio, First Floor Studio, 120 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014