Attend a Free Staged Reading of a New Play in Torrance, CA!

February 17 21:20 2017
Rare Opportunity to be Part of the Arts – Attend a Staged Reading of a New Play

Face to the Sun is a probing narrative set at the dawn of the Cuban Revolution with themes about nationality and identity that are especially relevant today.

TORRANCE, CA – 17 Feb, 2017 – A professional staged reading of Face to the Sun, a new play by Alison Minami, is set to take place at the James R. Armstrong Theatre on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 8:00 pm.  The reading is free for anyone to attend and the audience will be asked to provide their thoughts and feedback after the show.

Set at the dawn of the Cuban Revolution, Face to the Sun follows the story of Hamada, a Japanese Cuban man, as he must decide whether to uproot his family and return to his homeland of Japan.  Despite the growing political crisis, the decision is not an easy one for Hamada and his family.  His daughter must choose between her family and a new love; his wife, a Cuban native, is no longer attracted to him; and the intense political backdrop is like a ticking time bomb. 

The themes of Face to the Sun are especially relevant to today’s political climate even though the story takes place decades ago.  Themes include ideas about how unseen political pressures can have detrimental effects on people’s lives; how one’s sense of self is tied up with home; and how the people of a nation can have such divergent ideas about nationality, identity, and race. 

Playwright Alison Minami is currently an adjunct professor of writing at Santa Monica College.  She is involved with the East West Players, an Asian American theatre organization, and is a member of the playwriting collective Playground LA.  Originally from Boston, Alison attended UC Berkeley for her undergrad studies and got her MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. 

According to Alison, “Plays are really a collaboration between actors and writers and lighting and directing… this is what’s really exciting about playwriting.  [It] has a definitive goal and it comes alive.  [It] gets out of my hands and into the world where other people will own part of it in the telling.”

This is an opportunity for audience members to be an integral part of the process of making a new play the best it can be.  After the reading the audience will be welcome to provide feedback and ask questions, which will help the writer and director make changes and improvements.

This staged reading is free for anyone to attend, but those attending will be seated on a first come, first served basis. 

Tickets for the performance on February 18, 2017, at 8:00 pm are free. Get your free tickets at the James R. Armstrong Theatre box office located at 3330 Civic Center Drive N, Torrance, CA 90503.

For more information, contact: by calling (310) 781-7171, or online here.

About the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation:

TOCA works with the City of Torrance to provide high-quality, culturally diverse, educational, and entertaining experiences for the community.  We strive to enrich the lives of those in the South Bay through the performing arts.

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