Praise for Macho Bravado: “...surprisingly intense...has some intriguing new things to say about marital communication, male bonding and...what it means to be Asian American today.” - Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle “...compelling drama by Bay Area playwright Park...a strong script...gives a powerful sense of how the mere fact of soldiers going off to war can destroy marriages, between the long absence, the worrying, the trauma, and the baggage the soldier brings home.” - Sam Hurwitt, The Idiolect “...an impressive script...play works because Park sets up a super-masculine male prototype, assigns it to an Asian male body, and then successfully knocks over both categories of stereotypes. His method seems to be 1) Make an Asian American male super-steak-and-potatoes-y; 2) Then emasculate his hyper-masculinity; Finally 3) Stick masculinity back together with, well, love. At the end, Evan discovers compassion and uncertainty with Lindsey, all bravado gone. There's a really beautiful moment.” - Joy Tang, Hyphen Magazine Evan Cho is a Korean American soldier who has just returned from fighting in the Middle East to find a greater battle at home over his love, his identity, and his masculinity. Although Evan couldn’t bring himself to tell his wife Lindsey that he had become impotent during the war, she greets him with wonderful news: she’s pregnant. Confronted with questions of infidelity and self-doubt, both Evan and Lindsey struggle to maintain the macho bravado that defined their relationship before the war. This is a story that goes beyond the post-traumatic stress that a soldier and his wife experience, and ventures deep into their journey to forgive themselves and to forgive each other.
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Alex S. Park is a novelist and playwright living in Mountain View, California, with his wife and son. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games and blogging about them at gamequiche.com.
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