BAY AREA PREMIERE - 2 SHOWS: SJ Japantown (10/21) and SF Japantown (10/22)|
Just the mention of a Japanese American Dysfunctional Family Play brings smiles and laughter to Baby Boomer Sansei (3rd generation Japanese American) who grew up in a uniquely JA family environment.
Why is this so? What is it about growing up Sansei and family dysfunction that brings immediate recognition from those who were there to experience it?
These questions and more will be addressed in Soji Kashiwagi's new comedy/drama, "Garage Door Opener." In the play, we meet Glenn and Sharon Tanaka, a Sansei brother and sister faced with the daunting task of cleaning out their parents garage and house after they passed away. As they sift through dozens of empty tofu containers, kamaboko boards and broccoli rubber bands, Glenn and Sharon begin to uncover items from their past that they knew nothing about, and in the process, begin to gain a better understanding of their parents and themselves by the items their mom and dad left behind.
After the reading, Dr. Satsuki Ina, an expert on Japanese American family dynamics, will facilitate a dialogue
about the play with Soji Kashiwagi, and answer questions about issues such as the World War II internment camp experience and its after-effects on the Nisei, Sansei and subsequent generations; not bringing shame on the family; and decluttering ones life of both emotional and physical baggage.
A special performance by Grateful 4, an a capella group composed of Yonsei, fourth-generation Japanese Americans, provides the voice of younger generations and the future.
The Grateful Crane Ensemble, Inc. is a non-profit theater group whose mission is to present educational and theatrical programs in appreciation for the unique hardships and inspiring contributions of Japanese Americans in our country's history.
The Bay Area Premiere of "Growing Up Sansei" is being co-presented by the Buddhist Church of San Francisco (www.bcsfweb.org) and the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin with the support of many other organizations and individuals. Both venues are located in the heart of historic Japantowns.
Buddhist Church of San Francisco (View)
1881 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|