이 (爾) (The Clowns) by Kim Tae-woong premiered in 2000 and is today considered one of Korea’s most famous dramas. Awards include: Best Play by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper; Best Production by the Organization of Korean Theaters, and Best Play by the Seoul Arts Festival. Mr. Kim was lauded as one of the year’s best playwrights by the Korean Critics Circle and the Organization of Korean Theaters. In 2005, his play was made into a motion picture (titled The King and the Clown) and is the country’s third highest-grossing film with over 12 million tickets sold.This translation by Will Kern was awarded a grant by the Daesan Foundation, Seoul, Korea.
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