“SEAMLESS,” BY DORINNE KONDO

PLAY READING AND DISCUSSION OF GENRE, EMBODIMENT AND SERIOUS FUN AS STRATEGIES OF RESILIENCE AND REPARATIVE CREATIVITY

10:30-11:30 ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17.

WAKANDA UNIVERSITY BOOTH 319 IN THE EXHIBITION HALL, meeting point. Theater will unfold in the adjoining area with tables.

You are invited to a play reading and discussion of experimental writing, genre and “street theatre”—including humor, fantasy, and “fun”–as strategies for “reparative creativity” in the face of so much that would diminish life among us all, but particularly for minoritarian and marginalized populations. Join us for some serious fun—including an imaginary swordfight!

 

Participants include:

  • Dorinne Kondo, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies, USC
  • Christen Smith, Associate Professor of African/ African Diaspora Studies Anthropology, UT Austin
  • Stephanie Takaragawa, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean, Chapman University
  • Mei Zhan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine

 

PLAY SYNOPSIS:

SEAMLESS stages a theatrical view of history and identity, refracted through gender, work, family, and generation. Switching from comedic to poignant in a beat, the play centers on Diane Kubota, a successful Japanese American corporate attorney, whose life is seamlessly perfect – on the surface.  When Dr. Kathleen Goto, a Harvard psychologist, interviews Diane about her parents’ internment during WWII, the questions launch Diane on a quest that compels her to ask how well she knows herself, her family, her culture. A play about history and memory, the afterlife of trauma, and the (im)possibility of knowing the people you love most.