Issei, He Say World Premiere at New Jersey Rep

Cast photoOn April 21, 2018, Issei, He Say (or the Myth of the First) will have its world premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Company.

Issei, He Say is loosely based on Chloé’s grandparents’ story of moving to Canada in the late 1960s from Hong Kong. With post-World War II tensions still high, the Chinese family move in next door to a Japanese Canadian man who was interned in Canada during the war. The play is told from the perspective of the family’s daughter, Lucy Chu, who is twelve when the family meet Mr. Yamamoto, the Japanese neighbour. Isolated from her all-white neighbours and schoolmates, Lucy finds a friend in Mr. Yamamoto, much to her father’s chagrin.

The play will be directed by Lisa James and features Stan Egi, Kathleen Kwan, Christina Liang, and Fenton Li.

New Jersey Rep is run by SuzAnne (Artistic Director) and Gabor (Executive Producer) Barabas. Located in Long Branch, New Jersey, the theater’s primary mission is to develop and produce new plays and to make a lasting contribution to the American stage.

New Jersey Rep’s literary manager Joel Stone first discovered the play at The Kennedy Center’s NNPN MFA Workshop and Reading series.

See the press release here.

Issei, He Say (Or the Myth of the First) runs April 19 through May 20, 2018. Previews are Thursday and Friday, April 19, and 20 at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 PM. Opening night with reception is Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 PM.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays 8:00 PM: Saturdays 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sundays 2:00 PM through May 20, 2018.

Tickets are $46 (opening night with reception, $60; premium seating + $5). Annual subscriptions are $225 per person. PHONE: 732-229-3166 or online at

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