Animals Out of Paper

By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Jennifer Chang

September 4, 2014 thru October 5, 2014

“Critic’s Choice!CS Lee, charming as ever…Kapil Talwalkar is an absolute find.” – LA Times
“Directed with subtle elegance” – LA Downtown News
“Wow!” – Stage Scene LA

When a world-renowned origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his school teacher, she discovers that life and love can’t be folded neatly in this drama about finding the perfect design. A quirky and melancholy play, by the author of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, that has been hailed as “pitch-perfect” by the NY Times.

Running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, includes a 15 minute intermission

*This production contains mature language and situations, and strobe lights.

Learn how to create your very own origami heart here.


Preview Performances

Previews are Thursday, September 4; Friday, September 5; and Saturday, September 6 (all at 8 p.m.), and Sunday, September 7, at 2 p.m.

Opening Night sponsored by Edison International

A ticket to opening night on Wednesday, September 10, at 8 p.m. includes a 7 p.m. pre-performance cocktail reception and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team. (Call EWP for ticket prices and availability.)

Pay-What-You-Can Performance

Thursday, September 11, at 8 p.m.

Post-Show Discussion with Origami Artist Robert J. Lang

Sunday, September 21, at 2 p.m.
A chat with renowned origami artist Robert J. Lang along with performers and creative team immediately follows the show.

Wine Down Fridays

A complimentary glass of red or white wine will be served before the Friday show during the regular performance run. (Interested parties must be 21 years of age or older to drink).


Creative Team

Set design by Naomi Kasahara
Lighting design by Tom Ontiveros
Costume design by Halei Parker
Sound design and original composition by Melanie Chen
Prop Master by Ayako Inoue
Stage manager: Michelle L. Martina

Production Photos

For hi-res photos, please contact PR/Marketing Manager Kat Carrido at


Asians on Film interviews C.S. Lee, Tess Lina, and Kapil Talwalkar–the cast of Animals Out of Paper.

Meher McArthur, Asian art curator, describes origamist Robert J. Lang, his work, and the world of origami in this interview with East West Players. Lang will be a guest speaker at this Sunday’s (9/21) Post Show Discussion immediately following the 2pm performance of “Animals Out of Paper.” The discussion will be moderated by Prince Gomolvilas.

Lang is recognized as one of the leading theorists of the mathematics of origami and applied origami. He has developed ways to algorithmatize the design process for origami and is best known for his complex figures of animals, birds, and bugs.

Commissioned by East West Players, he created the orange origami paper hawk with a 6 ft. wingspan that is used as a prop on-set.

During his writing and researching process, “Animals Out of Paper” playwright Rajiv Joseph met Lang at Origami USA’s National Origami Convention in June 2007 and was inspired by him. Ilana, the main character, is based heavily on Lang and his work in finding real-world applications using origami.

Come for the performance and stay for the fascinating discussion with Robert J. Lang, along with the cast of “Animals Out of Paper!”

Go behind-the-scenes as EWP Production Manager Andy Lowe reveals “The Hawk,” created by physicist and foremost origami artist & theorist Robert J. Lang for Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rajiv Joseph’s Animals Out of Paper.

The character of “Ilana,” played by Tess Lina, is a professional origami artist whose work is based heavily on Lang’s real-world applications of origami to engineering problems. See this specially commissioned piece, with a 6 ft wingspan, at East West Players’ preview week beginning tomorrow! And save the date for Sunday, September 21, as Robert J. Lang joins our Post Show Discussion as a panelist immediately following the performance!

Soundtrack: “The Bar” by Bambu and Prometheus Brown