Creative Team

 
 KEN NARASAKI  (Playwright)  is an actor/writer and former Artistic Associate and Literary Manager at East West Players.   As an actor, he’s performed in over 50 plays in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and elsewhere, and appeared in numerous television shows and films. As a playwright, his INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM won the 2007 Kumu Kahua Pacific Rim Playwrights Award, and was Critic’s Choice by the LA Times and Pick of the Week by the LA Weekly in 2007; it was presented at the Smithsonian in February, 2008 for the Day of Remembrance of Executive Order 9066.  THE MIKADO PROJECT (in collaboration with Doris Baizley) won the 2008-09 Pacific Rim Playwriting Award and was produced by the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble in 2007; it has been adapted as an independent film by Chil Kong.  GHOSTS AND BAGGAGE was produced by Zygote at the Los Angeles Theater Center in 1998, and had staged readings at EWP, JANM, Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis), and Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre Projects.  His work has been published in Disorient Journal and Prick of the Spindle.

His adaptation of John Okada’s NO NO BOY received a 2009 California Civil Liberties Grant, and will be produced by Timescape Arts Group at the Miles Memorial Theater in Santa Monica in March and April of 2010.

  
 
 
ALBERTO ISAAC
(Director) has directed critically acclaimed productions of Ken Narasaki’s INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM and GHOSTS AND BAGGAGE.  Other directing credits include ART, YANKEE DAWG YOU DIE, WOMAN FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, THE MAIDS, HUGHIE, PERFORMANCE ANXIETY, YELLOW FEVER (East West Players); CLAIM TO FAME, TROJAN WOMEN, 10 TO LIFE (Lodestone Theatre).  He co-directed with Mako such award-winning plays as AND THE SOUL SHALL DANCE, STATION J and MANOA VALLEY.  For more information, visit www.albertoisaac.com.


 


 DARLENE MIYAKAWA
(Producer)  has worked primarily in theater and opera as a stage manager and producer. Some of her credits include: Long Beach Opera, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Theatreworks/Palo Alto, Marin Theatre Company, Opera San Jose, Teatro Vision, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Oakland Public Theater. Darlene is a member of AEA, SMA, and AGMA.
   
 


ALAN E MURAOKA (Set Designer)  Theatrical projects have included the critically acclaimed productions for the Long Beach Opera of Ricky Ian Gordon’s ORPHEUS AND EURIDICE staged in an Olympic swimming pool, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK staged in an underground parking garage. For the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, TRYING and VINCENT IN BRIXTON. Initially an assistant set designer on the Broadway productions of ON YOUR TOES, THE TAP DANCE KID, SMILE and JERRY’S GIRLS. Alan also works as a production designer for film, credits including BaadAsssss and Edmond. Alan earned his BA from Yale University and MFA from New York University.
 


 
DAVE IWATAKI
(Sound Designer)  has worked in many areas of music performance and production, from live concert performances with some of the top names in pop and jazz, to composing and arranging for record, radio, stage, television and film. Two years in a row Dave wrote the music for award-winning jingles for Smooth Jazz stations around the country, including KTWV-The WAVE in Los Angeles. He recently arranged a CD of Christmas called, "Smooth Jazz Christmas" featuring many first-call sideman and singers in the music industry.

 
 
KEN TAKEMOTO
(Costume Designer/Property Master) a native of Hawaii retired from LAUSD after 34 years of sharing his passion for art as a teacher.  For the last 17 years, he has devoted his expertise and talents to performing arts as an actor, costume designer and property master.  Ken is the recipient of Dramalogue awards for his costume design for CABARET and TWELF NITE O’WATEVA (EWP).  He has appeared on stage in SISTERS MATSUMOTO, FOLLIES and TASTE OF KONA COFFEE.  Ken is also the recipient of an EWP Rae Creevey Award for outstanding service.  Recent TV credits include CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM and HERTZ and PRUDENTIAL LIFE commercials.  Recent films: THE ISLAND and JUST LIKE HEAVEN.
 

JOHN J. FLYNN, Ph.D., (video designer) is a writer, director, editor and narrator whose work has been seen on HBO, PBS, Turner, AMC, and The History Channel. He produces film and video through his company Story Tactics and theater through Timescape Arts Group, he is an Associate Artist at Cornerstone Theater Company, a past Regent's Scholar, a recipient of two CINE Golden Eagle Awards, husband of Risa Palley Flynn and the proud father of Shea, Jack, and Max.
 

JUNKO GODA
(Publicity) Since arriving in LA in 2005, Junko Goda has had the pleasure of "wearing many hats."  Primarily an actor, she has been seen performing with Lodestone Theatre Ensemble (Trojan Women, Lodestone After Dark), the infamous 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, and Snark-a-Snoop Productions entertaining children on Saturday mornings.  She was the volunteer coordinator for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2007 and was part of the production team for the Thumping Claw One Act Series 2008 as well as Lodestone After Dark.  She supports her acting addiction by translating and interpreting in Japanese/English. In her previous life, she earned her BA in Biology/Biochemistry (and minored in theater).  Junko is excited about working with such an extraordinary conglomerate of her peers!  for more information, visit:  http://junkogoda.com/


 
 AARON PAGEL

"This is his first professional fight choreography project.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University.  Studying for the past two years with the Los Angeles Fight Academy, he strives to create a safe place for actors to express their character's physical conflict.  He is extremely proud to be a part of the creative team for "NoNo Boy""

Writer: Ken Narasaki
Director: Alberto Isaac
Producers: Sharon Omi, Darlene Miyakawa and Emily Kuroda
Video Designer: John Flynn
Set Designer:  Alan Muraoka
Sound Designer: David Iwataki
Costume/Prop Designer: Ken Takemoto
Publicity: Junko Goda
Graphic Artist: Chris Komuro

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