Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pan Asian Rep (212) 868-4030 |

Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director

Written by Ken Narasaki
Adapted from the Novel by John Okada
Directed by Ron Nakahara

February 7-18, 2018 at the Studio Theatre
at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street)

(New York, NY) – Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director of PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE, announces for its 41st season with a special limited run - in tandem with DAY OF REMEMBRANCE - of NO-NO BOY by
Ken Narasaki, directed by Ron Nakahara, and based on the groundbreaking novel by John Okada
NO-NO BOY will run from February 7-18, 2018 at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street).

John Stoltenberg of DC Metro Theatre Arts says “NO-NO BOY is… extraordinary and essential theater. It's a play about what happened to innocent people when this country demonized and incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II. To witness it now—as anti-Muslim rumblings are being trumped up to a roar—is to be shell-shocked by how close we are to seeing that horrific and fear-fueled history repeat. …I urge
everyone who cares about how theater connects to this country's past and future to catch it if you can.”

Ken Narasaki says, “Even today, the term [“No-No Boy”] can spark bitter explosions amongst people who remain angry about the kinds of real life-or-death decisions they and their generation were foced to make…”
Tisa Chang says, “we are proud to continue the stage life of NO-NO BOY of a period of historical amnesia but where questions of allegiance and what it means to be an American are asked again.”
The sterling cast features Leanne Cabrera, Chris Doi, Scott Watanabe, Glenn Kubota, Karen Tsen Lee,
Claro de los Reyes, Shigeko Sara Suga, Hansel Tan, and Tony Vo.
Stage Managers: Elis C. Arroyo and Sabrina Morabito.

 The veteran design team include: Sets by Sheryl Liu (SAYONARA, A DREAM OF RED PAVILIONS);
Lights by Leslie
Smith, (ACQUITTAL); Costumes by Hahnji Jang (NO-NO BOY) and
Sound by Ian Wehrle (FISHING FOR WIVES).

Playwright KEN NARASAKI’s plays include the recent adaptation of NO-NO BOY, award-winning plays INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM (winner 2006 Kuma Kahua Pacific Rim Award), and THE MIKADO PROJECT (co-written with Doris Baizley – winner, 2008 Kuma Kahua Pacific Rim Award), and GHOSTS AND BAGGAGE. As an actor, he starred in ZWEI PROFIS for German television, and appeared in Lane Nishikawa’s ONLY THE BRAVE; he’s also appeared in nearly 60 plays, including PO BOY TANGO, A WINTER PEOPLE, and THEORY OF EVERYTHING, in Chicago, Los Angeles, Singapore, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, and elsewhere.