Dorinne Kondo and Friends to Share Excerpts from ‘Worldmaking’

The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St. in Los Angeles, is pleased to present Dorinne Kondo and friends sharing excerpts from her new book, “Worldmaking: Race, Performance and the Work of Creativity,” on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m.


Dorinne Kondo


The event will include live performances of selected scenes from “Seamless,” her full-length play about the emotional afterlife of Japanese American incarceration, which is contained in full within “Worldmaking.”

Grounded in critical ethnographic work, “Worldmaking” theorizes racialized labor, aesthetics, affect, genre, and structural inequality in contemporary theater. The text upends genre, interleaving analysis with vignettes and Kondo’s play.

The book journeys from an initial romance with theater that is shattered by encounters with racism, toward reparative creativity in the work of minoritarian artists Anna Deavere Smith, David Henry Hwang, and Kondo’s own.