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tokyo fish story

May 28 – June 26

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits
(from left) Tim Chiou appears as Takashi and James Saito as Koji in playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story, directed by May Adrales, May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
tokyo fish story


tokyo fish story

By Kimber Lee
Directed by May Adrales

Master sushi chef Koji built his successful career on respect—for tradition, fine ingredients, and the legends who came before him. But now his restaurant, considered one of the greatest in Tokyo, is losing its customers to newer and flashier places. It’s time for a new generation to take over. Koji’s brilliant protégé Takashi might know how to save the restaurant, if only he could find a way to tell his mentor. Kimber Lee’s beautiful play will take audiences into the mind of the chef-as-artist and bring to vibrant life the sheer exhilaration of creating bite-sized masterpieces. tokyo fish story is a gorgeous meditation on work, legacy, and the art of perfection.
Contains strong language.

Generously Sponsored by
Brian and Silvija Devine, Leonard Hirsch in memory of Elaine Hirsch, Sheila and
Jeffrey Lipinsky, The Prado at Balboa Park, and Union Bank

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Running Time:

One hour, forty minutes. There is no intermission.

Cast and Creative


Creative team

Kimber Lee
May Adrales
Scenic Design
Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams
Costume Design
David Israel Reynoso
Lighting Design
Jiyoun Chang
Original Music and Sound Design
Charles Coes and Nathan A. Roberts
Vocal Coach
David Huber
Caparelliotis Casting
Production Stage Manager
Jess Slocum
Assistant Director
Jose Galvan
Assistant Scenic Design
Eileen McCann
Assistant Costume Design
Corinne Roache
Sushi Consultants
Azuki Sushi (Hisashi "Nao" Ichimura, Nanami Koshiba, Akiyoshi Miyauchi, Changjin Oh, Guillerno Alejandro Rendon Sandoval, and Robin Villanueva)


Critic's Choice

"Immersive—rich in atmosphere and plenty entertaining!" —The San Diego Union–Tribune

"Vivid Performances! Such a pleasure to watch—the acting is so uniformly fine!" —Talkin' Broadway

"Beautifully executed! Charming and uplifting!" —ArtRocks

"Director May Adrales and her crack team create an environment we can totally believe in, even when it's a dreamscape. Kimber Lee has an excellcent ear for language and its musicality. The characters and their relationships are intriguing and wonderfully portrayed." —KSDS Jazz 88