Bronze Nightingale highlights black-Japanese romance in LA after World War II
The world premiere of the riveting romantic play “Masao and the Bronze Nightingale” will take place in its latest productions on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, from 8 pm and Sunday, May 15, from 3 pm, at CASA 0101 Theater, 2102 East 1st Street (on St. Louis Street) in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
CASA 0101, in collaboration with the Japanese National Museum of Japan, sponsored the show, which reveals how after World War II, former Japanese inmates were shocked to discover that Little Tokyo had become the Bronzeville, an African-American community. When a Japanese American jazz musician from Boyle Heights falls in love with a Bronsville singer, the undulating effect of their romance causes cataclysms in all directions, while Japanese, black and Mexican American communities react.
“Masao and the Bronze Nightingale” was written by Dan Kuong and Ruben Funkawatl Guevara, based on a short story written by Ruben Funkawatl Guevara, directed by Dan Kuong and starring Michael Sasaki as Masao Imoto and Angela Oliver as Charlene Williams Williams, Blamy Williams.
Other cast members include Dan Kuong, Sachio K., Roberta H. Martinez, Jose A. Garcia, Isaac Cruz, Scott Golden, John Gentry and Pauline Yasuda. Greg Watanabe was featured in the play from April 22 to May 1.
Tickets are $ 30 for general admission, $ 25 for students and adults, $ 25 for groups of 10 or more, and $ 20 for groups of 20 or more. Special guest speakers will be presented after Sunday morning performances. For tickets and more information, please call 323-263-7684 or visit www.casa0101.org.
Along with the production, the Jean Deleage Art Gallery and the Japan-American National Museum are presenting an art exhibition entitled “Bronzeville: Modernity, Race and the Search for Affiliation”. The exhibition presents the works of artists Brian Ida, Laura Vazquez Rodriguez, Sandra Vista, Aidi Martinez and Brandi Maya Healy.
Curated by Jimmy Senteno, with the help of research assistant Shelley Johnson II, the exhibition connects the many contradictions and complexities of identity in a racially modern society. Five artists share their personal relationships and connections with the Japanese-American experience through the visual language of art. The exhibition can be viewed before the performances of the play and during the regular working hours of the gallery, which is from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 17:00.
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