“After the War Blues” by Philip Gotanda
By Philip Kan Gotanda
Directed by Steven Anthony Jones
March 7-16, 2014
Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley Campus
“I seen how you change when you ’round that music. Like somethin’ come over you. We walk in, you Japanese. I turn around, suddenly you a colored man.”
Jazz trumpet player Chet Monkawa just returned home to his family’s rooming house in San Francisco’s Western Addition after his internment in a prison camp during World War II. But the neighborhood isn’t the same. With the building now populated with African-Americans, Russian Jews, white migrants from Oklahoma, and returning Japanese internees, Chet and the other boarders must play by ear to find a new harmony. Philip Kan Gotanda’s loving tribute to San Francisco gets a reworking and new production at TDPS.
Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
A post-performance discussion will follow the matinee on March 9.