The world premiere of Daniel Akiyama’s A Cage of Fireflies, a new drama about three Okinawan sisters, living in Hawai’i, is being presented at the Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street in Honolulu, HI, from January 24-February 24, 2013. The cast features Dian Kobayashi (Kimiko), Karen Yamamoto Hackler (Mitsuko) and Kat Koshi (Yukiko), under the direction of Phyllis S.K. Look.
Synopsis: Three elderly sisters of the kibei generation — sent as children to be raised in Okinawa, then returned to live and work in Hawai‘i — are at the heart of Daniel Akiyama’s new play.
Two of the sisters confine themselves to their small Honolulu apartment, enacting the rituals of daily life as they cling to a dream of returning to Okinawa. The third, charged with running the family’s orchid nursery, has inherited a title that is not hers. As long-hidden hopes and regrets surface, the sisters discover what is both selfish and selfless in their love for each other.
With set and lighting design by Lloyd “Sandy” Riford III, costume design by Debbie Nishimoto, sound design by Jason Taglianetti, prop design by Monica Cho Coldwell and Squire Coldwell, wig and make-up design by Newton Koshi and kimono consultant Dr. Alfred Yama Kina.
An earlier version of A Cage of Fireflies was developed and presented and as a staged reading at Kumu Kahua Theatre where Daniel Akiyama is a volunteer and past student and past Board Member. The play was workshopped at the Sundance Playwrights Lab in 2012 and recognized as a Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist.
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