Philip Kan Gotanda

Plays by Philip Kan Gotanda

audio Ballad of Yachiyo

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

The Ballad of Yachiyo is a tale of illicit passion by Guggenheim-winning playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, set in 1919 among the lush cane fields of Hawaii. Inspired by true events in the playwright’s family, The Ballad of Yachiyo follows 16-year-old Yachiyo as she reluctantly leaves her impoverished parents to live with sophisticated relatives. Her mother hopes she will learn the Japanese tea ceremony and other refinements that will help attract a wealthy husband. But as Yachiyo acquires civilized graces from her hostess, Okusan, she also struggles with a growing passion for Okusan’s handsome, dissolute husband. The Ballad of Yachiyo is a gripping story of poetic imagery by one of America’s leading contemporary playwrights.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring June Angela, Takayo Fischer, Dian Kobayashi, Lane Nishikawa, Sab Shimono, Greg Watanabe and Annie Yee.

Featuring: June Angela, Takayo Fischer, Dian Kobayashi, Lane Nishikawa, Sab Shimono, Greg Watanabe, Annie Yee

Phil Kan Gotanda is an American playwright and filmmaker. Born in California, he is Professor of Playwriting in the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at University of California, Berkeley. A much-decorated writer, he has been awarded many prizes and fellowships including the Guggenheim Award, the National Endowment for the Arts – Theater Communications Playwriting Award, Asian American Theater Company Lifetime Achievement Award and the Chinese for Affirmative Action Award. His work has been widely produced throughout the United States. His plays include #5 the Angry Red Drum, After the War, Avocado Kid Or Zen and the Art of Guacamole, Ballad of Yachiyo, Bullet Headed Birds, Day Standing on its Head, The Dream of Kitamura, Fish Head Soup, A Fist of Roses, Floating Weeds, In the Dominion of Night, Manzanar: An American Story, Natalie Wood is Dead, Sisters Matsumoto, Song for a Nisei Fisherman, A, Under the Rainbow, The Wash, White Male Manifesto, The Wind Cries Mary, Yankee Dawg, You Die and Yohen.