WHEN: Fri & Sat, Nov. 14-15, 8PM
WHERE: Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., PDX 97209
HOW MUCH: $8.00
Revealing Wounds, Mending Hearts, Healing Tea
November 14th and 15th brings post-war Kansas and the Japanese “war brides” living there to RTR’s stage in BROKEN HEARTS, FOREIGN LAND with Velina Hasu Houston’s Tea, directed by Bob Martin.
Martin, a 12-year resident of Nagoya, Japan, where he taught and directed, says the painful truths found in Tea are little known. “The playwright based this on her own mother’s experience, along with scores of other Japanese women she interviewed,” he says. “Over a hundred thousand women were practically exiled to the midwest following the war – they weren’t allowed to settle anywhere near large cities.” The story of these women, and their servicemen husbands, swirl around the five characters at the heart of Tea.
“You don’t see the men who brought these women to the US,” Martin says, “but they and their multi-racial, multi-cultural children – and the families they left behind – are at the large, broken heart of this story.”
A tea ceremony honoring the dead brings the women together, and as the ceremony is held, all discover more about the loss and loneliness they share. And in honoring the death of one, each finds a little more hope in her life.
The cast includes Hiromi Adachi, Jillian Hatsumi, Wynee Hu, Elle Maskell, and Cara Mitsuko.
Shows start at 8PM and run about an hour. Admission is $8.00.
Readers Theatre Repertory was founded in 2001 to tell “small stories with big ideas at their heart,” tales that alternately amuse, confront, assuage and inspire. Using one-act plays as the text, the company focuses on intimate human relationships to explore universal themes. Through these stories and through educational outreach and affordable ticket prices, RTR™ is committed to developing, expanding and diversifying Portland’s theatrical audiences. The company’s main stage season is at Blackfish Gallery™ in Portland’s Pearl District.
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