Cast as Rosalind in "As You Like It"

December 01, 2018

 

I head back to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in January for my 3rd season, playing the lead role Rosalind in As You Like It.

I'll be reunited with Rosa Joshi, my director for the widely praised Henry V from the 2018 season.

I'll also be performing in the outdoor 1,190-seat Allen Elizabethan theatre

as Mariana in All's Well That Ends Well directed by Tracy Young.

On The Cover of "Snow in Midsummer"

January 01, 2018

I'll be returning to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

for a second season. 

Playing the lead Dou Yi in the US Premiere of 

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's Snow in Midsummer, 

directed by Justin Audibert, who helmed the 2017 world premiere

at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.

Bloomsbury will be re-publishing a new 1st Edition 

to reflect the US premiere, 

replacing its original cover** with our production's poster image.

Pre-order is available now.

(I'll also be in Henry V at OSF, playing

Princess Katherine, Montjoy, and Boy.

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." 

~Siskiyou Daily

"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."

~Willamette Week

"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."

~Rogue Valley Messenger

"Marvelous Shapeshifter Jessica Ko... standout... the supremely versatile Ko"

~Seattle Gay News

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."

~The Stanford Daily

The Hunchback of Seville

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."

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