Biography:

Maria Yoon has been traveling the country as Maria the Korean Bride confronting and exploring the domineering institution of marriage seeking to reconcile an internal construction of self in conflict with external socio-cultural expectations.

"Maria the Korean Bride"

Maria the Korean Bride is an on-going comedic multi-medium solo performance project, drawing from the personal experience and pressures surrounding marriage for unmarried Asian-American women in their thirties. Combining film from her on-going investigation on marriage as she travels cross-country, she is portrayed as a forever-Korean bride dressed in her traditional Korean bridal garb while making casual marriage proposals to random participants and convincing them to marry her (this particular study began in 2002 and will be completed when Maria marries in all fifty states). She will use her road trip study (film) and share what she has learned about marriage with monologue, movement, and audience interaction.