“Teahouse of the August Moon” (2012)

April 12, 2012 – May 5, 2012

by JOHN PATRICK

Adapted from the novel by Vern Sneider

Directed by Diane Fetterly

“A Comedy about the American Occupation of Okinawa in post-World War II”

Nevada Theatre

“… Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.” — Sakini

 

Captain Fisby: Danny McCammon and Lotus Blossom: Lyra Dominguez

Captain Fisby: Danny McCammon and Lotus Blossom: Lyra Dominguez

Final Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, April 12: 7pm:

Preview: Friday, April 13: 8pm:

Opening Night with Gala Reception: Saturday, April 14, 8:00 pm

TEAHOUSE CALENDAR

Review by Jeff Hudson for Sacramento New and Review

Review by Hindi Greenberg for The Union

CATS opened its 18th season with the Tony award-winning comedy, The Teahouse of the August Moon, from April 12 to May 5, 2012, at the Nevada Theatre. Teahouse concerns the clash of cultures that resulted from the American Occupation of Okinawa from 1945 to 1952 following World War II.

John Patrick adapted the script from the 1951 novel by Vern Sneider. It opened on Broadway in 1953, winning numerous awards, including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play of the Year, the Pulitzer Prize in drama, and the Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award. MGM produced a movie based on the play in 1956 starring Glenn Ford, Marlon Brando, Machiko Kyo, and Eddie Albert.

In the play, Captain Fisby, is assigned to carry out “Plan B”. In a tiny Okinawan village, he is to begin the process of Americanization by instituting a local democratic government, establishing a capitalist economy, and building a schoolhouse (Pentagon-shaped) in which the village children will be taught English.

The narrator of the play is an islander named Sakini, who often speaks in verse and is chided by American soldiers for being a lovable idiot. He serves as an interpreter to Captain Fisby, informing him of island customs. His monologues encapsulate the underlying wisdom of the play:

“We tell little story to demonstrate splendid example of benevolent assimilation of democracy by Okinawa.”

Thank you for joining us at the Teahouse

 

Article on The Teahouse of the August Moon in the Winter edition of FoodWineArt Magazine.

 

Click here for an article on The Teahouse of the August Moon in the Winter edition of FoodWineArt Magazine.

Designers:

Costumes: Sovahn LeBlanc
Lights: Thomas Taylor
Set: Pamela Hodges
Choreography: George Jayne
Hair and Make-up: Sara Quay
Props: Katherine Scourtes
Stage Management: Cathy Johnston

Cast:

Sakini – Dennis Yen
Col. Purdy – Rodger Hoopman
Cpt. Fisby – Danny McCammon
Lotus Blossom – Lyra Dominguez
Sgt. Gregovich – Casey Burke
Cpt. McLean- Darryl Stines
Old Woman – Priscilla Covert
Old Woman’s Daughter – Allison Chan
Grand daughter, Atsuko Tamaki- Aneka QingMei Torgrimson
Grand daughter, Maiko Tamaki – Xochitl Husted
Ancient Man / Mr. Oshira – Hock Tjoa
Mr. Hokaida – Jake Dabis
Mrs. Hokaida – Patty Lum-Ohmann
Mr. Omura, Mayor of Tobiki – Dix Sullivan
Mrs. Omura- Olivia Pritchett
Mr. Sumata, Carpenter- Jick Icasanio
Mr. Seiko – Virgil Wong
Miss Higa Jiga – Lisa Moon
Lady Astor: Calamity Jane and Snowy River (understudy) – goat

Images of The Teahouse of the August Moon

Sakini: Dennis Yen

Sakini: Dennis Yen

Group: Ensemble cast

Group: Ensemble cast

2012 Teahouse of the August Moon Poster

2012 Teahouse of the August Moon Poster

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