Monday, September 29, 2014

"tokyo fish story" is Quiet Play With a Big Heart

Playwright Kimber Lee.

tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee is the “TBA” that completes the 2014-15 season on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

This play takes you inside the ritual of sushi-making. It’s the story of Koji, a Sushi Master with an undying love for his art. But his restaurant is declining while the new place down the street keeps packing them in. Takashi represents the younger generation—a brilliant protégé, but too respectful to display his talent, despite the urgings of his assistant, Nobu, and punked-out Ana, who’s trying to make her way in a man’s world. Generations, gender and tradition collide in this quiet play with a big heart, a touch of poetry, a hint of mystery—and just the right amount of enticing comedy.
Bart DeLorenzo will direct. He last directed the world premiere of Carla Ching’s Fast Company at SCR.

Lee’s plays include Fight and Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray), which recently premiered at the 2014 Humana Festival and will also receive 2014-2015 productions at LCT3, Long Wharf Theatre, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. In May 2014, Center Theatre Group presented the world premiere of her play Different Words for the Same Thing directed by Neel Keller. Her work has been presented by Lark Play Development Center, Page 73, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), Magic Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference and Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. Lee is a Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, 2014-15: member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab; and she currently is under commission at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company and Hartford Stage. Lee is the recipient of the 2014 Ruby Prize, the 2013-14 PoNY Fellowship and the 2014-15 Aetna New Voices Fellowship. She earned her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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