Sake with the Haiku Geisha Play Reading

JET ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK (JETAA NY)

with support from the Consulate General of Japan in New York

Presents

A Special Play Reading of critically acclaimed Off Broadway Play

SAKE WITH THE HAIKU GEISHA


The JET Alumni Association of New York is pleased to present a limited one-night reading of the critically acclaimed play “Sake with the Haiku Geisha,” written by JET alumnus and playwright, Randall David Cook (Fukui-ken, 1991-93).

Date: Friday, August 13

Start time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Tinker Auditorium (between Park & Madison Aves.) 22 E 60th St, New York, NY 10065, (212) 355-6100

Cost:

  • $5 in advance ($10 at the door) for JET alumni
  • $10 in advance ($15 at the door) for Friends of JET

RSVP by making a payment through paypal below. If you are a JET Alum, please include your placement and years in your RSVP.

No more ticket pre-orders, please buy your tickets at the door.

Sake with the Haiku Geisha” premiered Off-Broadway in 2006 and was based on the collective experiences of three JETs who were placed in Fukui-ken from 1991-1993: an American from South Carolina, a Canadian from Nova Scotia and an English woman from Devon. The structure of the play is inspired by the classic Noh play: an opening ceremony, five acts (each of which uses a different speaker and a spirit or ghost), and a closing ceremony. The show starts on at a farewell party for the visiting JETS, and first three acts are told from the perspective of the visiting JETs, and then the tables turn, and the final two acts are told from the perspective of two Japanese: the supervisor of the Canadian JET, and the geisha’s story, which closes out the play.

The first act, “Sushi and Scones” was a finalist in five major festivals in the USA and England, won the “Best Play” award at the Southeastern Playwrights Conference and was taped and broadcast by as a BBC radio play in late 2005.  See a full review of the play in the New York Times.  Also, don’t miss the article about this encore performance in the Examiner written by JQ Magazine Editor, Justin Tedaldi.

CAST


KAZUE PECK (Reader/Narrator) is an actor and voice-over artist originally from Yokohama. Her New York theatre credits include: After the Rain and Sundown (La MaMa E.T.C.), Phantasmic Physical Theatre (HERE Arts), 365 Days/365 Plays (Zipper & The Public), Kutsukake Tokijiro (CRS) and Danger Man- Or A More Beautiful Heaven (Collective: Unconscious). Regional: Jewtopia and From Auction Block to Hip Hop. Tokyo credits include: Katachi no Katachi, Sansho Dayu and The Wizard of Oz. She is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse.

STUART GREEN (Ghost of Caleb, Jim), a former ALT in Toyama-ken, has worked with the likes of the Barrow Group, Boomerang Theatre Company (Antipholus of Syracuse, Comedy of Errors) and McCarter Theatre (Youth Ink! Readings). He was also a TA with Primary Stages, where he participated in several readings. On-Screen credits include various films and TV shows including “All My Children”, “One Life To Live” and “Saturday Night Live”. He is delighted to be working with Randall and Amber on this reading.

DREW FOSTER (Parker) NYC: Cherry Lane, Red Bull, NYTW, & The Public. Regional: Bach at Leipzig, All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia; Rabbit Hole (Florida Studio Theater) Amadeus, Romeo and Juliet (Riverfront Theater) As You Like It (Island Shakespeare Fest.) Asolo Rep company member for 5 years. Graduated from Juilliard this spring where he received the John Houseman Award. Favorite Juilliard credits include: Iago in Othello, Sergius in Arms and the Man, and Vanya in Uncle Vanya. An accomplished dancer, Drew played Mistoffelees in Cats and toured China with the Zunyi Acrobats in The Legend of Yin and Yang. Coming up next: Action in the 1st National Tour of the Broadway revival of West Side Story.

JAN MIZUSHIMA (Mother, Mrs. Matsushita) Actress, producer & director. Originally from LA. Studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of theater and Black Nexxus. Founder of Plug-In Theater Company. Produced plays in Tokyo since 2004. Produced, wrote and directed 11 plays, including musicals in NY.
www.nyplug-in.org.

IKUMA ISAAC (Ken Ohta, Father) was part of the original Off-Broadway cast of Haiku Geisha. A six-week run was just not enough, so he is thrilled to be in this reading!! Ikuma was born in Tokyo and raised there and in Toronto. Theatre credits include several regional theatre productions of Take Me Out (Caldwell Theatre, Studio Theatre DC, St. Louis Rep, etc.). TV: “As the World Turns”, “All My Children”. For the last three years, Ikuma has been working as an NFL reporter for Nippon TV (Japanese network tv) & NFLJapan.com. Since last April, Ikuma has served as play-by-play announcer for MLB.TV’s live Japanese broadcast of Seattle Mariners baseball (because everyone in Japan wants to know what’s up with Ichiro!).

GENEVA CARR (Brianna, The Virgin Queen): Off-Broadway: Matthew and the Pastor’s Wife (EST’s Marathon 2010), Finding Claire (Theater for a New City), Rose’s Dilemma (Manhattan Theatre Club), Clash by Night (Naked Angels), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Playwrights Horizons), Boise (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Regional Theatre: North American Tour of The Vagina Monologues, Rabbit Hole (Huntington Theater), How the Other Half Loves (Westport Country Playhouse). TV: “Rescue Me”, “How to Make it in America”, “Hope & Faith”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Sex and The City”, ”Chappelle’s Show”. Film: It’s Complicated, Love and Other Drugs, College Road Trip, Company Retreat, Then She Found Me, One Last Thing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead.

AMELIA PEDLOW (Charlotte) NYC: Why They Came (2010 Strawberry One-Act Festival), NYTW, Friendly Fire Theatre Co., Cherry Lane Studio Theatre, Tisch New Play Festival. Regional: Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sarah in Sick, Death of a Salesman (Chautauqua Theater Company). Amelia graduated from the Juilliard School this spring and was the recipient of the Laura Pels Award in Drama. Favorite Juilliard Credits include: Denise Savage in Savage in Limbo, Desdemona in Othello, Abigail Williams in The Crucible Mrs. Antrobus in Skin of Our Teeth, and Maria Josefa in The House of Bernarda Alba. Television: “The Good Wife” (CBS).

DAVID SHIH (Mr. Hashimoto, Mr. Moriguchi, Mr. Omori) is honored to have been a member of the original Off-Broadway cast of Sake with the Haiku Geisha. Currently appearing in the world-premier of Passchendaele (Thesia Arts) at the NY Fringe Festival. Other theater credits include: Honor (Prospect Theater); The Painters Project (Cherry Lane Theatre); Three Sisters and The American Clock (HB Playwrights); The Tempest (The Public Theater/Shakespeare Lab); 365 Days/365 Plays week 13 (The Public/Salt Theater); Roller Derby (NYMF); Ping Pong Diplomacy (Reverie Productions); Rounding Third (Millbrook Playhouse); Stockholm, Brooklyn (Cherry Lane/DUTF). Television: “Are We There Yet?,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Royal Inquest,” “China’s First Emperor,” “Interpol Investigates.” Film: Saving Face, Kung Fu Granny, Underdogs, Right Hand on Red, Missing, Cha Cha de los Chans, Dreams of an Angel, Addiction. Videogame: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Warriors.

ANGELA LIN (Haiku Geisha, Sumiko) Broadway: Coram Boy, Top Girls. Off-Broadway: Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian Rep), Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage). Regional: Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! (Long Wharf, East Coast Premiere), American Hwangap (dir. Trip Cullman, Magic Theatre, World Premiere), Twelfth Night, Othello (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theater), A Secret Order (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (Pioneer Theater), Miss Saigon (Gateway Playhouse), et al. TV/FILM: Beatris Lee in “The Jury“ (FOX), “As the World Turns” (CBS), Miracle Dogs, Falling Awake, Within the Ivory Tower. Upcoming Projects: World Premiere of Jordan Harrison’s Futura (NAATCO, Barrow Group Theatre, NYC: October 2010), World Premiere of Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish (Goodman Theatre, Chicago: June 2011), lead in indie short thriller Green Plastic Sandals (hits festival circuit 2011). Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University: Drama. Visit www.angelalin.com. Psalm 145.

ANN CHOW (Mrs. Kajiwara, Yamashita-sensei) is thrilled to be part of this reading of Sake with the Haiku Geisha. Her previous acting credits include: Help Us Go Away (The Living Theatre), The House of Bernarda Alba (NAATCO), Dr. Faustus: Occult Remix (BPAC), and Six Characters (Still) In Search of An Author (Middlesex University, London). She was a JET/ALT in Hyogo-ken from 2007-2009. Thanks to Amber and Randall for this wonderful opportunity.

JUN KIM (Michi), a native of Japan, is an actor, director and dancer. His theatre credits include Benten Kozo (Obie) directed by Jim Simpson, Heavenly Bento by Post Theatre, Natsu Matsuri Kabuki Theatre with Nakamura Kanzaburo, Marie Galante by Kurt Weill with Opera Francais de New York, The Return of the Chocolate Smeared Woman by Karen Finley, Ballad of Yachiyo by Philip Kan Gotanda. His Film/TV credits include Manbiki G-Man with Nana Kinomi and The Living Wake with Jesse Eisenberg. As a director, he directed The Uniform by Kobo Abe, Kayoko Sakoh Dance’s Heart to Heart and was assistant director for Curlew River directed by Yoshi Oida. Kim just completed a work-in-progress benefit performance of Kutsukake Tokijiro and will bring the show to Off-Off-Broadway in the next year. Jun is an original member of the Bat Theatre Company. In 2010, Jun established his own performing arts company, Kurotama Kikaku Co.: www.kurotamakikaku.com.

DONNA MITCHELL (Granny) Acting credits in theater include playing Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, directed by Arthur Penn, and leading roles in New Group productions of Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine and Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, both directed by Scott Elliott. She also created the role of Susan in the Off-Broadway premiere of Randall David Cook’s Fate’s Imagination. On television she has been seen in every incarnation of Law & Order, as well as “As The World Turns”, “Third Watch” and “The Street”. Her movie roles include parts in: Syriana, Mona Lisa Smile, The Baxter, The Ice Storm, The Rookie, Boiler Room, Less Than Zero, Wet Hot American Summer and Pollack.

MEGAN MILLER YOO (Rosalind) Originally from Philadelphia, Megan graduated from Lehigh University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Minor in Writing. Upon graduation she participated in the JET Program as an ALT for two years in the suburbs of Kobe. During that time she was a member of a small gaijin actors group and performed various short plays over two years. Since returning from Japan, Megan has been involved with the Philadelphia, DC, and New York Chapters of JETAA. She has been serving as President of the New York Chapter for the past two-and-a-half years. Outside of work and JETAA activities, Megan also started her own small non-profit corporation, Charity Chic, which raises money for impoverished children in Africa. Her most recent campaign helped raise close to $30,000 for a community center in Zambia that will be built this summer. Megan is currently employed at Swiss Re, a global reinsurance company, and is also pursuing her MBA at NYU. She lives with her husband, Il Sun Yoo, in Long Island City.

ALISON DESANTIS (Stage Manager) Atlantic Theater Company: Gabriel, Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon, Ethan Coen’s Offices and Almost an Evening (also Bleecker Street), What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling (also New World Stages), Scarcity. Manhattan Theatre Club: Spirit Control (upcoming), Ruined, Our Leading Lady, Regrets Only. Other NYC: Arabian Night (Play Company); Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage Company); Rope, The Big Time (Drama Dept.). Regional: Three years at Geva Theatre Center. www.alisondesantis.com.

RANDALL DAVID COOK (Playwright, Director) was an ALT in Tsuruga-shi, Fukui-ken from 1991-1993. He is currently on the Board of Directors of JETAANY and is honored to have his work presented at the National JETAA Conference. Off-Broadway: Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage Co. @ Perry St.), Fate’s Imagination (Gotham Stage Co. @ Players). Regional: Southern Discomfort; Open Call; Third Finger, Left Hand. Benefits/Award Shows: The 2009 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards (Alan Cumming, host), The 2010 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards (Ben Vereen, host), A Night in Gotham (Lortel), Another Night in Gotham: Bullets Over Off-Broadway (Ars Nova). Radio Play: Sushi & Scones (BBC). Two-time Sundance Film Lab Finalist. Upcoming/In Development: Shadows (with director/choreographer Joey McKneely), a new adaptation of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman, The Agatha Christie Project, and A Thousand Jagged Teeth.

This event is being organized in cooperation with the Consulate General of Japan in New York.