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toyko fish story

May 28 – June 26, 2016
(Opening Night: Thursday, June 2)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Kimber Lee
Directed by May Adrales
Scenic Design by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams
Costume Design by David Israel Reynoso
Lighting Design by Jiyoun Chang
Sound Design and Original Music by Charles Coes and Nathan A. Roberts
Vocal Coach, David Huber
Casting by Caparelliotis Casting
Production Stage Manager, Jess Slocum

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.

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Production Photos

(from left) Tim Chiou appears as Takashi and James Saito as Koji
(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. 
James Saito appears as Koji and Tina Chilip as Woman
(from left) James Saito appears as Koji and Tina Chilip as Woman 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. 
Raymond Lee appears as Nobu and Tim Chiou as Takashi
(from left) Raymond Lee appears as Nobu and Tim Chiou as Takashi 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. 
Tim Chiou appears as Takashi and James Saito appears as Koji
(from left) Tim Chiou appears as Takashi and James Saito appears 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. 
Raymond Lee appears as Nobu, Tim Chiou as Takashi, and James Saito as Koji
(from left) Raymond Lee appears as Nobu, Tim Chiou 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. 
(from top) Tim Chiou appears as Takashi, Raymond Lee as Nobu, 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. 
Raymond Lee appears as Nobu, Tim Chiou as Takashi, Tina Chilip as Ama Miyuki, and James Saito as Koji
(from left) Raymond Lee appears as Nobu, Tim Chiou as Takashi, Tina Chilip as Ama Miyuki, 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. 
Raymond Lee appears as Nobu, Tim Chiou as Takashi, Tina Chilip as Ama Miyuki, and James Saito as Koji
(from left) James Saito as Koji, Tim Chiou as Takashi, and Jon Norman Schneider as Oishi 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. 

 

Raymond Lee appears as Nobu and Tina Chilip as Ama Miyuki
(from left) Raymond Lee appears as Nobu and Tina Chilip as Ama Miyuki 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. 
Tim Chiou appears as Takashi and Raymond Lee as Nobu
(from left) Tim Chiou appears as Takashi and Raymond Lee as Nobu 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. 
James Saito appears as Koji
James Saito appears 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. 
Tim Chiou appears as Takashi
Tim Chiou appears as Takashi 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. 
Raymond Lee appears as Nobu
Raymond Lee appears as Nobu 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. 
Tina Chilip appears as Ama Miyuki
Tina Chilip appears as Ama Miyuki 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. 
Jon Norman Schneider appears as Daisuke
Jon Norman Schneider appears as Daisuke 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. 

Publicity Photos

James Saito appears as Koji and Tim Chiou appears as Takashi
(from left) James Saito appears as Koji and Tim Chiou appears as Takashi in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
James Saito appears as Koji and Tim Chiou appears as Takashi
(from left) James Saito appears as Koji and Tim Chiou appears as Takashi in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
James Saito appears as Koji
James Saito appears as Koji in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
Tim Chiou appears as Takashi
Tim Chiou appears as Takashi in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
Tim Chiou appears as Takashi and James Saito appears as Koji
(from left) Tim Chiou appears as Takashi and James Saito appears as Koji in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
Tim Chiou appears as Takashi and James Saito appears as Koji
(from left) Tim Chiou appears as Takashi and James Saito appears as Koji in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
Director May Adrales (center) with the cast of tokyo fish story
Director May Adrales (center) with the cast of tokyo fish story: (from left) Tina Chilip, Raymond Lee, James Saito, Tim Chiou, and Jon Norman Scheider. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
Tina Chilip, Raymond Lee, Jon Norman Scheider, Tim Chiou, and James Saito
(from left) Tina Chilip, Raymond Lee, Jon Norman Scheider, Tim Chiou, and James Saito in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
James Saito appears as Koji
James Saito appears as Koji in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
Tim Chiou appears as Takashi
Tim Chiou appears as Takashi in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
Raymond Lee appears as Nobu
Raymond Lee appears as Nobu in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
Tina Chilip appears as Ama Miyuki and Woman
Tina Chilip appears as Ama Miyuki and Woman in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
Jon Norman Schneider appears as Tuna Dealer Apprentice, Oishi, Toru, Yuji, Daisuke, and Hirayama
Jon Norman Schneider appears as Tuna Dealer Apprentice, Oishi, Toru, Yuji, Daisuke, and Hirayama in tokyo fish story. Playwright Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
May Adrales directs Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story
May Adrales directs Kimber Lee's tokyo fish story runs May 28 - June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox. 
Kimber Lee
tokyo fish story playwright Kimber Lee. Lee’s tokyo fish story runs May 28 – June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe.
toyko fish story
Playwright Kimber Lee’s tokyo fish story runs May 28 – June 26, 2016 at The Old Globe. Illustration courtesy of The Old Globe.

Cast and Creative

Cast

Creative

Kimber Lee (Playwright) Lee’s plays include to the yellow house, tokyo fish story (South Coast Repertory, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, LCT3 at Lincoln Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, MOXIE Theatre), and different words for the same thing (Kirk Douglas Theatre at Center Theatre Group). Her work has also been presented by the New Voices Festival at The Old Globe, Lark Play Development Center, Page 73 Productions, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Magic Theatre. She is under commission at LCT3, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Center Theatre Group, and Bush Theatre. Lee is a Lark Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow; a Dramatists Guild Fellow; a member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab; a recipient of the Ruby Prize, PoNY Fellowship, Hartford Stage’s Aetna New Voices Fellowship; and the inaugural 2015 PoNY/Bush Theatre Playwright Residency in London. She received her M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.

May Adrales (Director) isa freelance theatre director, primarily working with new plays. She has directed at Lincoln Center Theater, Signature Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, Pioneer Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Two River Theater. She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, Women’s Project Theater Directors Lab member, Soho Repertory Theater Writer/Director Lab member, New York Theatre Workshop directing fellow, and recipient of the Theatre Communications Group New Generations Program grant, Denham Fellowship, and Paul Green Award. She proudly serves as an Associate Artist at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She is the former Director of Onsite Programs at Lark Play Development Center and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. She received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. She has directed at New York University, Bard College, The Juilliard School, and Fordham University. She is currently on faculty at Yale School of Drama and Brown University. mayadrales.net.

Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams (Scenic Design) recently designed brownsville song (b-side for tray), The Glass Menagerie, The Brothers Size, and The Cook (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Abe Lincoln in Illinois and The Year of Magical Thinking (Intiman Theatre), The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Syracuse Stage). Adams’s further work has been seen Off Broadway at Epic Theater Ensemble, INTAR Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Working Theater, and National Asian American Theatre Company. Her regional credits include Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cornerstone Theater Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Yale Repertory Theatre, and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, among others. She has designed internationally for Aichi Triennale, Kanagawa Prefectural Hall, Nissei Theatre, Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theatre, and Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. As an associate scenic designer, her Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, That Championship Season, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Next Fall, and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, as well as the U.S., U.K., and Australian national tours of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific and the U.S. tour of The Bridges of Madison County and The King and I. She teaches at Rutgers University and Fordham University. mikikosuzukimacadams.com.

David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) is a scenic and costume designer who recently designed the Globe’s productions of Constellations, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, and Be a Good Little Widow. He also designed As You Like It for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Reynoso is the Obie Award-winning costume designer of the Off Broadway hit Sleep No More (Punchdrunk/Emursive), and he is also a Helen Hayes Award nominee for Healing Wars (Arena Stage). He is also recognized locally for his designs of Healing Wars, The Darrell Hammond Project, Kingdom City,and the DNA New Work Series presentation of Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). His other work includes Futurity, Cabaret, The Snow Queen, Alice vs. Wonderland, Trojan Barbie, Copenhagen, No Man’s Land, Hamletmachine, Ajax in Iraq,and Abigail’s Party (American Repertory Theater), The Comedy of Errors and Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), The Woman in Black (Gloucester Stage Company), and Dead Man’s Cell Phone (The Lyric Stage Company). Reynoso is also the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award, a Craig Noel Award nomination, and multiple IRNE and BroadwayWorld Award nominations. davidreynoso.com.

Jiyoun Chang (Lighting Design) is making her Globe debut. She is the recipient of an Obie Award Special Citation in Lighting for The World is Round (Ripe Time). Her New York credits include Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Underground), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (LCT3), Goldberg’s Variations (Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2013 Next Wave Festival), The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre Company), Sojourners (The Playwrights Realm), T.1912 and Peter & the Wolf (Guggenheim Museum), and Light Within (Carnegie Hall). Her other credits include Aubergine (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Unfortunates and Troilus and Cressida (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and work with Triad Stage. She received her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. jiyounchang.com.

Charles Coes (Sound Design and Original Music) is making his debut at The Old Globe. He has previously designed shows at Yale Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson, The Wilma Theater, Two River Theater, North Shore Music Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, HERE Arts Center, Ford’s Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Huntington Theatre Company. His tour credits include Phoenix Entertainment and The Acting Company. He has also designed aerial and aquatic spectaculars for Royal Caribbean and for Queen of the Night, an immersive show at the Diamond Horseshoe. He has collaborated on installations with artists Ann Hamilton, Abelardo Morell, and Luis Roldán. He has also worked as an associate on more than 10 Broadway shows, including Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award-winning sound design); In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; and Fully Committed, currently at the Lyceum Theatre. He teaches at Yale School of Drama.

Nathan A. Roberts (Sound Design and Original Music) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, instrument-maker, and sound designer who specializes in creating original music and soundscapes for plays, often live onstage. His regional credits include Sense and Sensibility (Dallas Theater Center), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Syracuse Stage), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Widow Lincoln and Our Town (Ford’s Theatre), Twelfth Night and The Tempest (Hartford Stage), The Servant of Two Masters (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre), Macbeth (The Acting Company/Guthrie Theater), It’s a Wonderful Life (Long Wharf Theatre), and Third, On Borrowed Time, and Electric Baby (Two River Theater). Roberts earned his M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama and teaches in the theatre studies program of Yale University.

David Huber (Vocal Coach) previously worked on the Globe productions of Camp David, Constellations, Rain, The Last Match, The Metromaniacs, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The Royale, Bright Star, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. His previous Old Globe acting credits include The Winter’s Tale directed by Jack O’Brien, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Merchant of Venice, among several others. He has studied voice with Master Linklater Voice teacher David Smukler, Eric Armstrong, and Kate Burke. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto. His regional theatre credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Center REP Theatre, and Centennial Theater Festival, among many others. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting locally, works on speech issues with special needs students, and is currently teaching at Actors Workshop Studios. He is a graduate of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast the Globe productions of Constellations, The Last Match, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Rich Girl, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The White Snake, The Twenty-seventh Man, The Royale, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Bethany, The Winter’s Tale, The Few, Double Indemnity, The Rainmaker, Other Desert Cities, Be a Good Little Widow, A Doll’s House, The Brothers Size, Pygmalion, and Good People. Their Broadway casting credits include Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, The Country House, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese, Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful, Grace, Dead Accounts, The Other Place, Seminar, The Columnist, Stick Fly, Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Royal Family. They also cast for Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, and three seasons with Williamstown Theatre Festival. Their recent film and television credits include HairBrained with Brendan Fraser, “American Odyssey” (NBC), “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC pilot), “Ironside” (NBC), and Steel Magnolias (Sony for Lifetime).

Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) previously worked at The Old Globe on The Metromaniacs, In Your Arms, Twelfth Night, Buyer & Cellar, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, The Winter’s Tale, A Doll’s House, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, the 2011-2013 Shakespeare Festivals, Rafta, Rafta…, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Alive and Well, Sammy, Cornelia, Since Africa, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and The Glass Menagerie. Her Broadway credits include In the Heights. Her regional credits include Indecent, Side Show, Ruined, The Third Story, Memphis,and Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse) and Post Office (Center Theatre Group). Her San Diego credits include Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, North Coast Repertory Theatre, and Lamb’s Players Theatre. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.