Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

First Look at Francis Jue, James Seol, Linden Tailor, Arthur Keng and Nicole Javier in Kimber Lee’s ‘tokyo fish story’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, March 9 – April 3

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is presenting the Northern California Premiere of tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee, March 9 – April 3 (press opening: March 12) at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Generations, genders, and traditions collide in this comic drama, as a revered Sushi Master struggles to preserve ancient artistry in a society obsessed with change. Kristen Brandt directs.

Sushi protege Takashi (James Seol), sushi master Koji (Francis Jue), and newcomers Ama (Nicole Javier), and Nobu (Linden Tailor) try to balance tradition and change. Photo by Kevin Berne

Sushi protege Takashi (James Seol), sushi master Koji (Francis Jue), and newcomers Ama (Nicole Javier), and Nobu (Linden Tailor) try to balance tradition and change. Photo by Kevin Berne

In pursuit of perfection, Koji inspires a brilliant protégé, intimidates a parade of young apprentices, and discovers that in today’s world, even a three-star chef has much to learn. Set in a legendary sushi bar, this warm-hearted tale was a highlight of TheatreWorks’ 2014 New Works Festival.

Sushi Master Koji’s restaurant falls into decline as the trendy new spot down the street packs in customers. His brilliant protégé Takashi could be the key to bringing glory back to the older restaurant, but out of respect, Takashi unwaveringly follows Koji’s instruction-despite the urgings of Nobu, his hip-hop obsessed assistant and Ama, a punked-out sushi chef trying to make her way in a man’s world. Ambition and tradition come to a head as they attempt to keep the restaurant open, fill their kitchen staff, and strike a balance between art and commerce.

TheatreWorks has assembled a stellar cast including acclaimed Broadway and television actor Francis Jue as sushi master Koji, James Seol as Koji’s protégé Takashi, Linden Tailor as the young apprentice Nobu, Arthur Keng as Oishi, and Nicole Javier as Ama.

For tickets ($19-$80) and information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.

Protege Takashi (James Seol) offers a sample to sushi master Koji (Francis Jue). Photo: Kevin Berne

Protege Takashi (James Seol) offers a sample to sushi master Koji (Francis Jue). Photo: Kevin Berne

Takashi (James Seol) is an aspiring sushi master. Photo by Kevin Berne

Takashi (James Seol) is an aspiring sushi master. Photo by Kevin Berne

Koji (Francis Jue) is a sushi master trying to uphold tradition. Photo by Kevin Berne

Koji (Francis Jue) is a sushi master trying to uphold tradition. Photo by Kevin Berne

Protege Takashi (James Seol) offers a sample to sushi master Koji (Francis Jue). Photo by Kevin Berne

Protege Takashi (James Seol) offers a sample to sushi master Koji (Francis Jue). Photo by Kevin Berne

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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