Directed by Rosa Joshi and opening in February 2018.)
**Katie Leung (Cho Chang of the "Harry Potter" franchise) originated the role in the 2017 World Premiere at the RSC.
Hannah and the Dread Gazebo
"A huge round of applause must be given to the talented Ko, who plays so many roles in this production, that I lost count... It is remarkable to see her transform, many times making a quick costume change in a darken corner of the stage, and emerging out of the shadows a short time later as an entirely new character. Ko is truly the woman with a thousand faces."
"Hannah is a short play and moves fast, in large part thanks to performances by Cindy Im and Jessica Ko...
Ko plays more characters than I could count, from the grandmother to a nurse to Kim Jong-Il. She’s excellent in each role. Her reappearances become a welcome sight and her jokes leaven what could otherwise be dreary scenes only meant to move the story forward."
"Hilarious, thanks in large part to the nimble comedic chops of Jessica Ko, who moves seamlessly between the role of every foil the family faces, from nurses, to clerks, to a South Korean army officer convinced Hannah’s grandmother was a spy."
Jessica Ko takes on many roles as the Shapeshifter, which serves to fuel that sort of magical feel of the play... Ko plays the part beautifully — from the sassy retirement home receptionist to Kim Jong-il, Ko transforms swiftly from one to another, contributing such comedic grace to each role that I quickly forgot that one actor was playing every single role."
Critic Richard Pacheco says: "[The Hunchback of Seville] opens with the bold Christopher Columbus played with wacky aplomb by Jessica Ko is wild and hilarious....
The performances here are top notch. Jessica Ko is not only the wacky Columbus at the beginning, but also as a meek maid later in the play. Ko is incisive in both roles with impeccable timing and a flair for the absurd with zest."
Rhode Island NPR says: "Jessica Ko is both hilarious and lovable as a wide-eyed maid" ... "another example of how the (Brown/Trinity masters degree) program is enriching the arts scene here and elsewhere."
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant was named as 2015's Greatest Hits!
Providence reviewer Matthew Lawrence wrote:
"I loved JESSICA KO's impressively vapid performance in the title role of Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. (Vapid is good, in this case.) Staged at the criminally underutilized Pell-Chafee Performance Center, the show is all bitchy sobbing beneath a shiny pink artifice, and Ko was rather resplendent as the spoiled diva stomping around her boudoir."