Broken Hearts, Foreign Land: A Fragile Cup

Revealing Wounds, Mending Hearts, Healing Tea

February 13th and 14th 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 13-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 Cordelia Schimpf.

Cordelia Schimpf, Hiromi Adachi, Leticia Maskell, Jillian Hatsumi, & Wynee Hu

Cordelia Schimpf, Hiromi Adachi, Leticia Maskell, Jillian Hatsumi, & Wynee Hu

Cordelia Schimpf, Leticia Maskell, Hiromi Adachi, and Jillian Hatsumi

Cordelia Schimpf, Leticia Maskell, Hiromi Adachi, and Jillian Hatsumi

Jillian Hatsumi, Hiromi Adachi, Leticia Maskell, Cordelia Schimpf, and Wynee Hu

Jillian Hatsumi, Hiromi Adachi, Leticia Maskell, Cordelia Schimpf, and Wynee Hu

For the complete photo Album see our Facebook page

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s