by: Velina Hasu Houston
directed by: Jon Lawrence Rivera
"Houston’s intimate focus benefits from moving performances in Jon Lawrence Rivera’s sensitive, finely tuned staging. “Calligraphy” is not a play about huge events, but the emotional stakes are high as Hiromi and her cousin try to bring about a face-to-face reconciliation between their feuding mothers while there’s still time." Los Angeles Times

A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY co-produced with the Latino Theater Co.

A play that examines the enduring legacy of traditional Japanese bonds amid the complexities of contemporary multinational relations, as two cousins — one American, the other Japanese — cope with the increasing frailties of their respective aging mothers.

  • starring: Melody Butiu, Kevin Daniels, Fran de Leon, Emily Kuroda and Jeanne Sakata
  • scenic designer: Ann Sheffield
  • lighting designer: Debra Lockwood
  • sound designer: Bob Blackburn
  • producer: Diane Levine

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