Cast (in alphabetical order)

 
 
KEIKO AGENA (Emi) is best known for her role as Lane Kim in the Television Series, Gilmore Girls.  For her current passions, check out MANGO POP! @ www.mangopop.com, where she is writing for and designing her own characters.  You may also see her at MIDTONES,  which is a twice monthly event at the Grandstar in Chinatown, where she can be seen playing drums and passing out cookies in a blue wig.  Recently, she has been asked to do a show with the musical/visual art/fashion group Jean Paul Yamamoto as a "movement artist".  In the visual art vein, Keiko has been asked to join an eight month, six artist, "mashup" project that encompases visual artists in the Los Angeles and Dallas areas.  And for those of you who like People Magazine, Keiko has been featured in the Magazines' 100 most beautiful people issue, in the "they play meek and geeky, but off screen they shine" section, with America Ferrera, Jenna Fischer and Mary Lynn Rajskub.  Cheers!
                  

JARED ASATO (Taro)  is a native of Honolulu Hawaii, Jared has appeared on stage in the San Francisco bay area as well as the Los Angeles area. Also a screenwriter and filmmaker his film "Goodbye, Nice to Meet You" premiered at the Dances with Films Festival in 2009 and his screenplay, "808", was selected as a part of the "Emerging Narrative" program  at the 2008 IFP Film Market. Thanks to the entire No-No Boy family for giving me the opportunity to work with artists that I have looked up to for a very long time. 

 
 

MICHAEL HAGIWARA (Freddie)  has appeared in more than  fifty shows locally and nationally some of his favorites include,INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM ,PIPPIN, PACIFIC OVERTURES ,THE SEAGULL ,COMPANY ,AND THE SOUL SHALL DANCE ,SWEENEY TODD , MANZANAR ,  LEILANIS HIBISCUS, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG ,THE GRAPEVINE ,  A JIVEBOMBERS XMAS .

His recent Television and Film credits includeGREYS ANATOMY,HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER,THE CLEANER,  ER , MY NAME IS EARL, SIDE ORDER OF LIFE  , LAS VEGAS ,STRONG MEDICINE ,  SURRENDER , SKIP TRACER ,  REDLINE , ONLY THE BRAVE ,  WOULD I LIE TO YOU , AND  REDRUM

Mike was the voice of “Safeway” Supermarkets in Hawaii for more than nine years  His Voice can also be heard in Cartoons and Video Games such as    PURI KURA,    JIMMY NEUTRON  BOY GENIUS, AVATAR ,DUCKMAN,  MUCHA LUCHA, LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER,  HAPPILY EVER AFTER, MARVEL LEGENDS, DRAKES FORTUNE, and THE WILD BUNCH.   As a Director or Choreographer his recent projects include  , PEANUTS , MANZANAR , NISEI WIDOWS CLUB
(holiday on thin ice) THE CAMP DANCE ,  TIM’S 10th, STEW RICE , A JIVEBOMBERS XMAS ,  and the film  DAY OF INDEPENDENCE..

 

EMILY KURODA (Various)  has performed at the Boston Court, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, South Coast Rep, New York’s Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Singapore Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Doolittle Theater, Huntington Theater  (Boston), Los Angeles Theater Center, Zephyr Theater, LA Women’s Shakespeare Company, and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival.  Television and Film credits include GILMORE GIRLS, UNDER ONE ROOF, GREY'S ANATOMY,  SIX FEET UNDER, KING OF QUEENS and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.  Films include THE SENSEI, SHOP GIRL, MINORITY REPORT, STRANGER INSIDE, TWO DAYS IN THE VALLEY, DAD, BROKEN WORDS, ABOUT LOVE (Emmy nominated), HOTEL FOR DOGS, AUSSIE AND TED and the upcoming  RED with Bruce Willis and Mary Louis Parker. For more information, visit www.emilykuroda.com
 

JOHN MIYASAKI (Freddie) has been the Artistic Director for hereandnow theatre company for the past 20 years and for Teatro Nueva Alma since its inception in 1998.  Directing credits with these two companies include:  Romeo and Juliet,

Pinoy/Pinay Style, Fentor, A Nickle's Worth, Boba Stories, Layover In LA, Cries Of The Soul, New Traditions, and Sin Titulo, along with their current nationwide touring shows.  His other directing credits include:  Letters to a Student Revolution, Taiko Project, and for the past two years, he has been the director for the East West Players Children's Tour, Asian Pacific Tales. 

He has also appeared on stage at the Mark Taper Forum, Hollywood Bowl, East West Players, Los Angeles Theater Center, The Ivy Sub-Station and The Alley Theater (Houston).  Other theatre credits:  Innocent When You Dream, Webster Street Blues, A Chorus Line,  Pinoys In Space, Chikamatsu's Forest, Talk Story, Into The Woods, The Birds, The Avocado Kid, Manzanar, The Medium, The Fantasticks, Mishima, Richard III,  Tartuffe.

 

SHARON OMI (Ma) has worked extensively in theatre, film, and television, appearing in plays at the Ahmanson, the Mark Taper, South Coast Repertory, American Conservatory Theatre, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, East West Players, the Eureka, the Magic and the Asian American Theater Company, among many others.  Her favorite roles include Grace in INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM, Sonya in UNCLE VANYA, Hana in AND THE SOUL SHALL DANCE, and Sara in GHOSTS AND BAGGAGE. 

She has also appeared in the films CONSTANTINE, YELLOW, TERMINAL USA and ONLY THE BRAVE (among others).

 

SAB SHIMONO (Pa)  is an award-winning actor who recently starred in Ken Narasaki's INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM; he's also starred on Broadway in MAME and in two different productions of PACIFIC OVERTURES, as well as many regional theatres across the country.  Audiences will recognize him from his many film and television appearances, which include “The Wash”, “Presumed Innocent”, “Come See The Paradise”, “Waterworld”, “The Big Hit”, “Paradise Road”, “The Shadow”, “Suture”,
“Southland Tales”.


 


CHRIS TASHIMA (Eto, Jun) originated roles in Chay Yew's A LANGUAGE OF THEIR OWN at Celebration Theatre (LA Weekly Theater Award, Ensemble Performance), Laurence Yep's DRAGONWINGS at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (reprised at Syracuse Stage, Alliance Theatre, Intiman Playhouse, Zellerbach Playhouse and Lincoln Center), and numerous world premieres at East West Players including Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro's MISHIMA and Wakako Yamauchi's THE MEMENTO. Chris originated the role of Holocaust rescuer Chiune Sugihara in Tim Toyama's VISAS AND VIRTUE at The Road Theatre, and later starred in and directed the screen adaptation, which earned him an Academy Award® for Live Action Short Film. Other film credits include the romantic lead opposite Joan Chen in Eric Byler's Americanese (SXSW Special Jury Prize, Ensemble Cast), Sherwood Hu's Lani Loa and Rea Tajiri's Strawberry Fields.




GREG WATANABE’s (Kenji) theater credits include the world premiere productions of “The Ballad of Yachiyo” (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Public Theater-New York Shakespeare Festival) , and “The Summer Moon” (A Contemporary Theater, South Coast Repertory Theatre).  Other regional theater appearances include Singapore Repertory Theatre and Mark Taper Too!. His television credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911!, J.A.G., Nash Bridges.  Film appearances include “True Love and Mimosa Tea”, “Life Tastes Good”, “Only The Brave”, and “Americanese”. 

Greg is a company member of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors.  The documentary about them, ‘Mighty Warriors of Comedy’ won an Emmy Award.


 
 

ROBERT WU (Ichiro)  has worked with several theatres including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, and New Conservatory Theatre (SF Bay Guardian Great Performance Award for The Nanjing Race).  LA credits include Paint Your Wagon at the Geffen Playhouse, Waiting For Lefty at the Lee Strasberg Theatre, and The Comedy of Errors at the Knightsbridge Theatre.  Overseas, he has appeared in AlI in The Timing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and also in China, starring on the TV series Human Cargo.  Other TV credits include The Shield, Numb3rs, George Lopez, 7th Heaven, and Bones.  Robert has also appeared in several award winning films including Nanking, November, Kung Phooey, and A Temp for All Seasons (168 Hour FilmFestival Best Actor Award).  God bless.  For more information, visit www.robertwu.com



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