The cast of “Tales of Clamor,” playing in the Aratani Theatre Black Box at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) from Feb. 1 to March 3, has been announced. The ensemble cast is well-known in the Asian American theater circles.
Traci kato-kiriyama and Kennedy Kabasares are the narrative anchors of the show, taking on the roles of Kem and Eddy, who debate cultural versus institutionalized silence.
Kato-kiriyama, PULLproject Ensemble principal writer, is an award-winning artist, community organizer, and cultural producer; recipient of recognition from institutions, including CCI, DCA, Durfee Foundation, and Network of Ensemble Theaters; and has presented at hundreds of venues throughout the country. Featured by numerous print and online publications, her forthcoming book will be released by Writ Large Press in 2019. She is the director/co-founder of Tuesday Night Project, presenter of the Tuesday Night Café series – the longest-running Asian American public art series in the country.
Kabasares, PULLproject Ensemble circus choreographer, is an aerial artist and actor. He grew up in San Francisco, where he went to high school at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. He was taught circus arts by Judy Finelli of the Pickle Family Circus and was a theater major at CSU Northridge and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Kabasares has worked with a diverse group of theater companies, including Center Theatre Group, East West Players, Singapore Rep, performance trio Zero 3, The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, and Kinetic Theory Circus Arts. An accomplished aerial artist, he was invited to compete in the 2011 Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival in Denver, where he took first place for static trapeze and went on to perform in the finals.
Ticket reservations may be made online at http://JACCC.org/talesofclamor or by calling the box office at (213) 680-3700. Or if you’re in town, walk over to the Aratani Theatre box office at 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo, adjacent to the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.