In-Person Productions

2022–2023 Season

Poop! The Musical

June 16, 2023 — August 14, 2023

Books & Lyrics by Philip W. Chung
Music by Woody Pak
Directed by Jeff Liu

Taro, a young Asian American boy, faces the ridicule and bullying of his classmates when he accidentally “poops in his pants”. Too ashamed to talk to anyone or return to school, Taro can only confide in his “best friend”—a stuffed toy rabbit named Blackberry, who invites three special friends to visit Taro to help him overcome his shame by taking him on a “magical” journey through space and time.

Each of the three visitors—Thomas Crapper, the real-life 19th century British inventor known as the “father of the modern toilet”, Zhi Yan, the beautiful Chinese goddess of the toilet, and Cheddar, a toy mouse with performance issues—helps Taro learn that only by letting go of our societal disgust with poop can we take our first steps to make positive change for the billions of people whose lives are impacted because of this issue.

COVID Protocols

Adventure is excited to welcome you to our show! As we move to indoor performances and in the spirit of protecting the most vulnerable in our community, a few friendly reminders:

  • Adventure Theatre requires everyone over the age of two years old attending its shows to wear a mask and remain masked while in our facility.
  • A proof of vaccination will be required for admission for all individuals ages 12 and up.
  • Any customer 12 and up without proof of vaccination will not be granted access to the performance.

Meet the Playwright

Philip W. Chung

Philip W. Chung is a writer/producer and the creative director for YOMYOMF, which was founded by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to tell stories from Asian American and other underrepresented voices. He was the co-Artistic Director for Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, an acclaimed Asian American theater company co-founded with the Adventure’s Chil Kong. His plays include The Golden Hour and Grace Kim & The Spiders From Mars. Chung has developed projects for YouTube, Machinima, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Ovation TV, Legendary Pictures, ABC, eOne, IFC Channel, and others. He co-wrote/produced the Justin Lin-produced Chinese feature Hollywood Adventures which opened at #1 in China opposite Jurassic World and produced Google’s first 360 degree project Help, also directed by Justin Lin with over 15 million views on YouTube.

Current writing and/or producing projects include the Asian food series Family Style (available on HBO Max), Moonshadow (a LGBTQ-centric horror feature for Gunpowder & Sky), and projects for Disney Channel, Netflix, Buzzfeed Studios, New Form, Singapore-based MM2, and others. Poop! is his first musical as a writer.

Meet the Composer

Woody Pak

Award-winning, innovative composer, Woody Pak creates music for film, commercials and pop music as well as musical theater and concert performances. He draws from an array of influences and tells musical stories while combining different genres, from rock and metal to hip hop and jazz to classical and sounds from around the world. Woody is a graduate of MIT and The Juilliard School. He currently resides in Seoul, Korea, where he is a Professor of Applied Music at the Seoul institute of the Arts.

Woody has over 25-years of diverse international composing experience.  Musical theater works include Making Tracks, The Wedding Banquet, High Kick, ManBokSa Love Rhapsody (만복사 사랑가), The Devil ( 데블), Equal, Meisa’s Song, and The Man Who Sold His Shadow (그림자를판사나이). His recent musicals Equl and Meisa’s Song features members from KPOP groups EXO and Infinite.  

He has been commissioned works for the world renowned artist DoHo Suh, contemporary dancer Eun-me Ahn, and virtuoso Haegum player Kang Eunil & Haegum Plus, The Seoul Institute of the Arts, Culture Hub NY, The National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관), and gayageum virtuoso Kwak Soo-eun.  He has also co-written the dance hit Found A Cure by Ultra Nate and has worked with the KPOP group BTS.  

In the film and documentary world he has scored numerous films such as Seoul Searching, Planet B-boy, Waikiki, Miss Monday, The Wedding Palace, The Grace Lee Project, e-Dreams, American Zombie, Girls on the Wall, Perfection, TV Cello, Life Risking Romance (목숨건연애), 3PM Paradise (억수탕), Ambiguous Man (미지왕), and Divided Families. He has scored numerous commercials for major brands such as Hyundai, Honda, Anheuser-Busch, LG Electronics, Acura, Paradise Casino, MTV, Prudential, Hanwha, Lotte World, Google, Nexon, NC soft, and Korean Airlines to name a few.  

Awards include the 2021 BMI Film & TV Music award for the film Waikiki, 2015 Best Musical Composer for The Devil, and 2002 Best Original Score Brooklyn International Film Festival for Black Picket Fence.

Meet the Director

Stan Kang

A native of Arlington, VA, Stan Kang is a professional actor, director and teacher. Most recently, Stan directed Affinity Lunch Minutes at the Garden. During the COVID quarantine, he has also directed pieces featured in the DMV QFest 2.0. He co-directed his first film, DoubleTap, and his favorite theatre role was David Henry Hwang in Yellowface at Theater J.

As a stage actor, Stan has worked with many local DC theatres, such as Washington Shakespeare Company, Studio Theater, Horizons Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Scena Theater, and the Kennedy Center. He teaches directing at HB Woodlawn in Arlington, VA, and has worked as a director with Asian Stories in America (ASIA), where he directed Big Hunk of Burning Love and The Theory of Everything.

Stan is a founding member and executive director of the Educational Theatre Company (ETC). He is also a board member of Convergence Theatre, Hope for Grieving Families and Friends of Arlington Student Film Festival and is also an advisory board member of Washington Stage Guild and Diversity Works.

Meet the Cast

Alex De Bard as Jing-Jing & Stepsister

Zoe Elene Bernabe as Goddess

Dylan Arredondo as Father

Jasmine Proctor as Ella

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