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Play Screening: Kyoung’s Pacific Beat NERO


Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company based in Brooklyn, New York, invites you to an online screening of an excerpt from their new, work-in-progress NERO. NERO is a Shakespearean, five-act “streamplay” theatricalizing the history from George W. Bush’s War on Terror to our present day as the rise and fall of Nero’s Roman Empire. 


Set in 64AD in Rome’s Palace of the Frogs, this “state of the nation” tragicomedy invites Black, Indigenous and People of Color to examine how white male supremacy is the root of American Imperialism. NERO is a hybrid event that includes both a screening of this theatrical production presented jointly with live, community-driven, cultural invocations of a post-white supremacist world. This BIPOC-centered community organizing invites local audiences to partake in this event not as passive spectators, but as citizens invested in unpacking the intersections of state violence and American war at a grass-roots level. 


NERO is written/directed by Kyoung H. Park, with original music by Helen Yee, video design by Yoon Choi and Marie Yokoyama, costume design by Andrew Jordan, and features an ensemble of Black, Asian, Chicanx, Arab American and Muslim performers. NERO’s script was developed with the Ma-Yi Theater Company, Sol Project, New Ohio Theater’s Producer’s Club, supported by a 2019-2020 Dramatist Guild Fellowship and based on research conducted at the George W. Bush Presidential Archives in Dallas. NERO’s workshop production was generously supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council, MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Venturous Theater Fund and its World Premiere is funded by the Ford Foundation.


Joe Tolbert Jr. & Hope Ghazala (PeoplesHub)



Kyoung H. Park (Kyoung’s Pacific Beat)

Jess Applebaum

Length of Circle:


90 – 105 minutes

*60 Minute Screening + 30-45 Minute Post-Screening Conversation

Date & Time:


Wednesday, May 25th

From 4-6pm PT/ 6-8pm CT/ 7-9pm ET

This Circle is ideal for:


Artists and cultural organizers of Color, especially queer APIA.

Circle Outcomes:


The screening of NERO and moderated conversation will ask participants: What is white supremacy and how are artists dismantling its narrative structures embedded in American culture? How do we activate our community to dismantle the power structures of white supremacy? How do we gather to learn what’s working and what’s not?

What do you do to prepare?


Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to share and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, with video and headphones.


Also, please consider reading:

What is White Supremacy? by Elizabeth Martinez

Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy by Andrea Smith.


Access requests can be made during registration or by emailing Dustin Gibson at, including interpreters and captioners.



Free. A donation of $15 – $50 is suggested.

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Joe Tolbert Jr.

Joe T. is a minister, scholar, writer and cultural organizer whose work is at the intersections of art, culture, spirituality and social justice. He received his B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed his M.Div. with a concentration in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. Joe is a sought after facilitator and cultural strategist that works with communities to help them harness the power of art and culture. For more information please visit

Hope Ghazala

Hope Ghazala

Hope Ghazala (no pronouns, name only) is a Licensed Social Worker, facilitator, and organizer. Hope has grounded Hopeself in fostering leadership development, particularly for youth of color. Experiences working as a popular and political educator in museums, domestic violence, consent campaigns, and the youth climate movement have expanded Hope’s passion for making information accessible and spaces value multicultural experiences. As a proud Muslim and self-proclaimed “Egypt-o-Rican”, Hope receives power and guidance from Hope’s spiritual and cultural identities. Hope finds purpose in cross-pollinating and uplifting the needs and voices of disinvested communities. At PeoplesHub, Hope focuses on connecting people with each other and with the knowledge to sustain and thrive. Hope is a native New Yorker who loves exploring NYC, traveling internationally, dancing, and reading cross-cultural fiction.

Hope Ghazala


Kyoung H. Park

Kyoung H. Park is a North Korean playwright/director, born and raised in Santiago, Chile, currently living in unceded territory of the Lenape. As Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, he has devised three full-length plays — disOriented, TALA, and PILLOWTALK — and created over 35 community-based, experimental projects including performances for new media. His work centers stories of (im)migration, queerness, trauma, identity and the ways these intersect in communities of color; it’s described as “intensely personal” by American Theater Magazine and “very much of this moment” by the New York Times. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University and an MA in Peace and Global Governance from Kyung Hee University’s Graduate Institute for Peace Studies.

Hope Ghazala

Jess Applebaum

Jess Applebaum is a dramaturg-scholar whose practice is rooted in contemporary performance and social action. As a dramaturg she works collaboratively with performance makers, academics, and activists to develop and facilitate creative processes. Her work pays particular attention to lifting up the cultural and political context of each project: identifying how the content developed serves both its creators and its audience in a shared, live moment. As a PhD candidate in CUNY’s Theater and Performance program, Jess’ scholarship focuses on the labor of dramaturgy: pushing the perceived boundaries of how research is performed and applied in both creative and academic work. She believes that bodies perform knowledge, process activates power, and that, together, they can inspire new pedagogical and civic practices.