Photography by Joshua Posamentier
Inside Out & Back Again
Theatre for Young Audiences
Based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Thanhha Lai
Stage Adaptation by Min Kahng
Ten-year-old Hà and her family flee from Vietnam to Alabama, where she dreams of her beloved papaya tree and struggles to adjust in a strange new land. Thanhha Lai's award-winning book of poetry comes to life in this on-stage retelling of a young girl and her family's journey to find a new home.
For my adaptation, I am only using Lai's original poetic text as the dialogue (save for a few verb tense or pronoun changes) in a sort of playwright-as-arranger role. In a time when asylum-seekers are portrayed as unwanted pests, Hà's journey helps put a human face to the label "refugee." By looking at a story from our past, I hope Bay Area young audiences and their families will be able to gain insight and understanding for those facing similar hardships today.
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Cast: 5 actors (3 Female - 2 Asian American, 1 African American; 2 Male - 1 Asian American, 1 Caucasian)
60 minutes, no intermission (optional intermission version available)
- Dec 2017, Staged Reading: Bay Area Children's Theatre in Berkeley, CA
- Aug 2017, Developmental Reading: Bay Area Children's Theatre in Berkeley, CA
- Mar-May 2018, World Premiere: Bay Area Children's Theatre at the Second Stage in Berkeley, CA