After the War Blues

  • Main Stage

  • Zellerbach Playhouse

  • March 7-16, 2014
  • 8pm Fridays & Saturdays, 2pm Sundays
  • $15 General admission, $10 students, seniors, UCB faculty & staff
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By Philip Kan Gotanda
Directed by Steven Anthony Jones

“I seen how you change when you ‘round that music.  Like somethin’ come over you.  We walk in, you Japanese.  I turn around, suddenly you a colored man.”

Jazz trumpet player Chet Monkawa just returned home to his family’s rooming house in San Francisco’s Japantown after his internment in a prison camp during World War II. But the neighborhood isn’t the same. With the building now populated with African-Americans, Russian Jews, white migrants from Oklahoma, and returning Japanese internees, Chet and the other boarders must play by ear to find a new harmony.  Philip Kan Gotanda’s loving tribute to San Francisco gets a reworking and new production at TDPS.

8pm Fridays & Saturdays, 2pm Sundays.
A post-performance discussion will follow the matinee on March 9.


Download a copy of the Press Release: ATWBRelease_5Feb2014

TDPS Student Sowmya Ashokkumar made a video interview with Philip Kan Gotanda:

Daily Cal Video profile of After The War Blues:

Daily Cal Review:
“The script and direction are meticulously crafted, and the cadre of student actors execute both to an admirable degree.”