Sisters Matsumoto

by | Read by Keiko Agena, June Angela, Ron Bottitta, Kurt Kanazawa, Suzy Nakamura, Greg Watanabe, Ryun Yu

Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Stockton, California 1945. Three Japanese-American sisters return to their farm after years in an internment camp, but the once prosperous family finds it’s not easy to pick up the pieces of their former lives. As the details of their deceased father’s final arrangements emerge, the sisters must work together to keep their dreams alive.

Includes a post-play discussion with actor George Takei, playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, and director Tim Dang.

Recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in November 2018.

This recording is sponsored in part by the California Civil Liberties Program from the California State Library.

Directed by Tim Dang
Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg
Keiko Agena as Rose
June Angela as Grace
Ron Bottitta as Mr. Hersham
Kurt Kanazawa as Henry
Suzy Nakamura as Chiz
Greg Watanabe as Bola
Ryun Yu as Hideo

Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer and Mixer, Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Senior Radio Producer, Ronn Lipkin. Foley Artist, Jeff Gardner. Production Manager, Nikki Hyde. Editor, Mitchell Lindskoog.

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AudioFile Review

Sisters Matsumoto

With poignant grace, Keiko Agena, June Angela, and Suzy Nakamura lead a stellar cast, playing three Japanese-American sisters who find hope, heartache, and hard-won humor when they return to their family farm in California after four long years locked away in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. They had planned to pick up where they left off, but their father and mother are gone, and even the deed to the farm has turned to dust. Listeners can hear the pressures of politics, racism, and family separation. The performance is followed by an excellent panel discussion focusing on how 120,000 U.S. citizens were "relocated" to camps during the war. The discussion features Japanese-American artists, including George Takei of "Star Trek," who was 5 years old when he was interned. Important and powerful. B.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

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