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: