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Written by Alison Minami
Presented by A-Squared Theatre
Haunted by memories of his homeland and fearful of another war-driven imprisonment by the Cuban government, Hamada, an upstanding leader of the Japanese Cuban community, decides to uproot his family and return to Japan. But his daughter Flora is running with a guerrilla and Isabel, his Cuban wife, is no longer attracted to him. Each of them must make a choice about love and loyalty to both country and family. Set in Havana at the dawn of the Cuban Revolution, Face to the Sun is a lyrical, language-driven, play with a multicultural cast.
About Alison Minami
Alison Minami holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from UC Riverside. She has been the recipient of the Gluck Fellow Program for the Arts and a Humanities Research Grant. She was a student at the David Henry Hwang Writers’ Institute and a 2016 participant at the Sewanee Summer Writers’ Conference. She is a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) and of Playground LA, a ten-minute playwriting collective, for which her play This is a Banana was selected for showcase in 2016. Her play Face to the Sun had a professional staged reading at the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation and her play The Dreamers, developed through the Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Dramaturgy Workshop, was selected for ALAP’s New Works Lab in collaboration with East West Players. Her play Shizzy’s Story was commissioned by Enrichment Works and is currently touring in LAUSD schools. Her storytelling has been featured on the Moth Radio Hour.