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The Nisei Widows Club: How Tomi Got Her Groove Back – WORLD PREMIERE

By Betty Tokudani
Directed by Amy Hill
Choreography by Keali’i Ceballos

November 7 – December 8, 2013

The third installment of a comic trilogy following the lives of a group of widowed Nisei women who only have each other in the face of loss and the search for love in their golden years. Tomi loses her only son to a heart attack at the early age of 45, and the other widows gather around her during this time of grief. Hilarity ensues when they embark on an unforgettable trip to Hawaii, which unleashes the cougar in all of them at a hula retreat.

In community partnership with Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Japanese American National Museum, and AARP.

Running time: 1 hour and 52 minutes, which includes a 15 minute intermission.

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The production brings back the original four “Nisei Widows” –  Takayo Fischer as Sumi, Emily Kuroda as Hana, June Kyoko Lu as Betty, Jeanne Sakata as Tomi. EWP introduces Tui Asau as the object of their desire – Kimo the hula teacher.


Creative Team
Set design by Tesshi Nakagawa
Lighting design by Jason Bieber
Costume design by Dori Quan
Sound design by Dennis Yen
Props by Ken Takemoto
Stage manager: Maya Rodgers


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November 7 – December 8, 2013

Regular Performances

November 14 – November 29th:  Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
November 30th – December 8th: Thursdays through Saturdays  at 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.
ADDED: Saturday, November 30 at 2pm and Saturday, December 7 at 2pm.

*No performance on November 28 Thanksgiving Day.
* No performances on Wednesday, November 27 and Wednesday, December 4.
*December 1st and December 8th shows are sold out.

Preview Performances

Previews are Thursday, November 7th through November 9th at 8pm and Sunday November 10th at 2pm. All preview seats are $21, $16 for students.

Opening Night

Opening Night for “The Nisei Widows Club” is Wednesday, November 13th at 8pm and includes a 7pm pre-performance cocktail reception, and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team (call theater for


Pay-What-You-Can Performance

A special “Pay-What-You-Can” Performance is on Friday, November 29th (the day after Thanksgiving) .

Southern California Edison Community Night

Southern California Edison Community Night is Wednesday, November 20th at 8pm.

Post-Show Discussion

Sunday, November 24, 2013, at 2 p.m.
A chat with the 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.)

Volunteer Opportunities

Coming soon


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Performance Run
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. Balcony $26/Orchestra $31
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Balcony $31/Orchestra $36
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Balcony $31/Orchestra $36
*$4 per ticket handling fee on all regular ticket purchases

Student and Senior Discounts: $5 off regular ticket price
Special Group Rates available for ten (10) or more. Call Alison De La Cruz at (213) 625-7000 ext. 20 for details.

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Production Photos