Issei, He Say (or the Myth of the First)

a play
4 characters (2m/2w)

Synopsis: Set in 1969, in a predominantly white suburb of Toronto, Canada, Issei, He Say explores the lives of the Chu family, a new Chinese immigrant family, as they move in next door to a Mr. Yamamoto, a Japanese Canadian man. As Mr. Yamamoto gets closer to each member of the Chu family, he helps them navigate the waters of assimilation while also forcing them to deal with their own prejudices.

Production History:

World Premiere Production at New Jersey Repertory Company
April 19-May 20, 2018
Long Branch, New Jersey
Directed by Lisa James
Starring: Stan Egi, Kathleen Kwan, Christina Liang, and Fenton Li
Winner of Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

Development History:

National New Play Network’s MFA Playwright’s Workshop at The Kennedy Center
July 23-31, 2016
Reading on July 30, 2016
Washington D.C.
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Dramaturgy by Jenna Rodgers
Starring: Wei Yi Lin, Glenn Kubota, Jo Mei, and Kenneth Lee
Read more about the 2016 NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop here

NYU Tisch’s New Works Festival
New York University Department of Dramatic Writing
March 6th, 2015, 721 Broadway
New York, NY
Directed by Kay Long
Starring: Glenn Kubota, Steven Eng, Karen Tsen Lee, and Cleo Gray