* World Premiere

Fish Head Soup (1994)
With beautifully lyrical language and stunning imagery, Fish Head Soup paints a moving portrait of a Japanese American family struggling to hold together as cultural and generational conflicts threaten to tear them apart. When Mat returns after a mysterious disappearance, he finds a family falling apart at the seams: Papa clutching to a dream world of life before the internment camps; his mother immersing herself in her work to avoid her husband’s senility; an older brother still healing from the scars of the Vietnam War. Mat’s sudden arrival upsets the family’s tenuous balance, forcing them to exorcize the secrets and demons of their past in order to realize their dreams of the future.

Philip Kan Gotanda is the critically acclaimed author of Yankee Dawg You Die, A Song for a Nisei Fisherman and The Wash.

This production will be a unique collaboration between ACT, The Group Theatre and Northwest Asian American Theatre, and will be directed by The Group’s Tim Bond. ,
About the Play
Written By: Philip Kan Gotanda
About the Production
Run Dates: 9/10/1994 - 10/9/1994
Program: Program (.pdf)
Venue: Queen Anne
Directed By: Tim Bond
Cast: Sean San José Blackman - Mat
Ariel Estrada - Soldier
Alberto Isaac - Papa
Nelson Mashita - Victor
Jeanne Sakata - Dorothy
Behind the Scenes: Steven M. Klein - Sound Designer
Dan Kuramoto - Composer
Paul Chi-ming Louey - Costume Designer
Darren McCroom - Lighting Designer
Judith Nihei - Assistant Director
Phil Schermer - Producing Director
Susan Trapnell Moritz - Managing Director
Craig Weindling - Stage Manager
Carey Wong - Scenic Designer