The Four Immigrants:
An American Musical Manga
Book, Music & Lyrics by Min Kahng
Based on the Manga Yonin Shosei by Henry Kiyama, Translated as The Four Immigrants Manga by Frederik L. Schodt
World Premiere to be produced by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley July-August 2017!
Director: Leslie Martinson
Music Director: William Liberatore
Dramaturgy: Oona Hatton
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This unique "documentary comic book" from the early 20th century serves as the inspiration for my next project. Follow the adventures of Henry, Charlie, Fred and Frank - four Japanese immigrants - as they adapt to life in the West. Experiencing historical events like the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, World War I, Prohibition and waves of anti-Japanese sentiment, the four protagonists each encounter America in a different way as they grow from boys into men.
Staged Readings: Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, CA - TheatreWorks New Works Festival in Aug 2016.
Staged Reading: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Redwood City, CA - TheatreWorks, Dec 6, 2015
Excerpt Reading: Musically Minded Academy in Oakland, CA - Musical Cafe Showcase, Jan 2015.
Workshop: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Redwood City, CA - TheatreWorks, Apr 2014.
AWARDS & HONORS
NAMT Writer's Residency Grant, National Fund for New Musicals, 2015
Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant, 2015