Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Photos: Francis Jue, James Seol, Linden Tailor, Arthur Keng and Nicole Javier in Kimber Lee’s ‘tokyo fish story’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley through Apr. 3

Francis Jue and James Seol in tokyo fish story. Photo by Kevin Berne

Francis Jue and James Seol in tokyo fish story. Photo by Kevin Berne

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is presenting the Northern California Premiere of tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. tokyo fish story, which began previews on March 9 and continues through April 3, opens tonight.

Nicole Javier and Francis Jue in tokyo fish story. Photo by Kevin Berne

Nicole Javier and Francis Jue in tokyo fish story. Photo by Kevin Berne

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.

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.

Nicole Javier & James Seol Photo by Kevin Berne

Nicole Javier & James Seol. Photo by Kevin Berne

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.

Arthur Keng & James Seol. Photo by Kevin Berne

Arthur Keng & James Seol.
Photo by Kevin Berne

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.

Francis Jue, James Seol, & Linden Tailor. Photo by Kevin Berne

Francis Jue, James Seol, & Linden Tailor. Photo by Kevin Berne

Francis Jue. Photo by Kevin Berne

Francis Jue. Photo by Kevin Berne

Francis Jue. Photo by Kevin Berne

Francis Jue. Photo by Kevin Berne

James Seol, Francis Jue, & Linden Tailor. Photo by Kevin Berne

James Seol, Francis Jue, & Linden Tailor. Photo by Kevin Berne

Francis Jue. Photo by Kevin Berne

Francis Jue. Photo by Kevin Berne

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, which will screen at The Women’s Film Festival 2016 in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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