Photo by Rich Ryan
Sun Mee Chomet is not a newcomer on the Twin Cities performing scene. She’s been in numerous productions with Mu Performing Arts and other local theater companies. She even went to the Big Apple for her graduate studies, but came back because she says that the Twin Cities is a testament for a healthy place for art.
The Twin Cities’ Asian American theater scene developed from immigration stories to just stories. Here in the Twin Cities, Chomet learned how to be a leading woman.
“This community has seriously loved me up. I’ve had two plays produced. This is an incredible town for artists. Not only can you thrive, you can collaborate with incredible with artists and you can spread your wings,” Chomet says.
Carla Ching’s The Two Kids that Blow Shit Up will open Mu Performing Arts’ 25th anniversary season. Directing the show is Mu’s Randy Reyes, whom Chomet has worked with six times.
This time, she plays Diana.
Diana and Max meet when they are 9-year-olds, but the first scene starts out with them at age 38 and in a bar. The childhood friends talk about how their lives are not going the way they planned. Fast forward to the next scene, the play takes the audience back in time to when Diana and Max first meet.
It’s difficult to go from playing a 38-year-old in one scene and a 9-year-old in the next, but Chomet enjoys the benefits of the wide age range.
“[I] loved playing the little kid because as adults we don’t allow ourselves to feel the explosive range of emotions,” Chomet says. “Diana is a really angry kid. She’s pissed at the world. It’s fun to explore that.”
Yet there are challenges that come with the role, too.
“It’s challenging to [play] between [the ages of] 28 and 32; it’s a time in life where you still feel like a young adult but you feel like you’re getting older. [You] realize that you have take your life more serious[ly],” Chomet says.
And although the two main characters are Asian American, it’s not a play about that.
Throughout the years, Mu Performing Arts has given Asian American writers, actors, and directors a stage to showcase their talents; however, the 25th anniversary season opener explores contemporary American society.
“It’s very much, in my point of view, exploring … the repercussion of divorce on kids, the repercussions of parents’ choices on how their kids—as they become adults—navigate their own relationships. What it means to try to find love when you don’t have good role models. The power of really deep friendships,” says Chomet.
Diana and Max meet because their parents are having an affair. From that point, the play goes back and forth in time to encase the complicated relationship between Diana and Max. The play not only shows the highs of the main characters’ lives, it showcases the lows, too. By the play’s conclusion, Diana gets married and divorced twice.
“There’s a lot of swearing—it’s an edgy play. It celebrates the imperfections of humanity.”
The Two Kids that Blow Shit Up opens on September 9 at Kilburn Theatre at Rarig Center on the U of M Campus.