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A play by Duncan Pflaster
A zen exploration of the gap between truth and convenient fictions that employs the known facts about General Tomoyuki Yamashita and his legendary gold to illuminate the tangled love lives of four disaffected New Yorkers- Calvin Kanayama, a Japanese-American man with a passion for Star Trek, his girlfriend Debbie Goldberg, a Jewish woman who loves to taunt her family by dating the goyim, her roommate Sean O'Connell, a homo who's trying not to date straight men anymore, and his fag hag Tara Eaton, a WASP model who's sporadically studying astrology and Buddhism.
"Matsuo and I shared an obsession with history, with moral judgements. We reacted with fury at modern-day attempts to cover up what was problematical or difficult or painful in the past. Listening, I felt a special bond to him. He was somehow giving me permission to reclaim parts of the past most Americans don't want to recall, to look back without blinking, to feel as much as possible how the past resides within us.
Full production ran May 2009, at the Workshop Theater, as part of a repertory merger with Cross-Eyed Bear Productions, Theatre of the Expendable and Small Pond Entertainment, called Theatre of the Small-Eyed Bear!
David Mura — Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei
Cross-Eyed Bear Productions presents
Ore, or Or
By Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Laura Moss
Starring: E. Calvin Ahn*, Elizabeth Erwin*, Clara Barton Green,
Rachel Lin, Shawn McLaughlin, Robert Torigoe*
* These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase.
Dramaturg: Michelle Philippin
Stage Manager: Emily Gasser
Movement Consultant: Sacha Iskra
Rehearsal SM: Julia LaVault
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The show ran:
Sunday, May 10th—6pm, Thursday, May 14th—7pm
Saturday, May 16th—1pm & 9:15pm*
*preceded by an Ore-inspired poetry workshop
Sunday, May 17th—3:45pm
Wednesday, May 20th—8pm
Friday, May 22nd—9:15pm*
*followed by a drinking game with the playwright!
Saturday, May 23rd—6pm
Sunday, May 24th—1pm
**On Monday, May 25th—7pm there will be a reading of Six Silences in Three Movements, also by Duncan Pflaster**
Tuesday, May 26th—8pm
Friday, May 29th—6:30pm
Saturday, May 30th—3:45pm
Set Designer: Elisha Schaefer
Lighting Designer: Victoria Miller
Costume Designer: Jennifer Raskopf
Sound Designer: Jared M. Silver
Props Designer: Jesse Louis Hathaway
Associate Lighting Designer: Wilburn Bonnell
Sound Board Operator: Victoria Watson
Press Representative: Emily Owens PR
Industry Representative: Scotti Rhodes
Graphic Designer: Duncan Pflaster
Website Designer: Ashley Avis
Arts in Action Series Producer: Laura Moss
Associate Producer: Emily Simoness
Production Manager: Norah Turnham
Producers: Alexander Koo, Arienne Pelletier, Duncan Pflaster,
Michael Roderick, Jesse Edward Rosbrow
The Workshop Theater
312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor
between 8th & 9th Avenues
New York, NY 10018
The play had two workshop performances, as part of Theatre of the Expendable's new Works Series in 2008:
Directed by Laura O'Brien
Starring: Emma Canalese, Danelle Eliav, Rebecca Hirota
Carl Ka-Ho Li, Shawn McLaughlin, and Enoch Wu
Movement consultant Sacha Iskra