About the Playwright

I have only three things to say: First off, any resemblance between
these fictional characters to any persons, living or dead, is completely
coincidental. Seriously. Sure, I stole liberally from my own
experience for the present day hospital scenes, but from the beginning,
these characters sort of dictated who they wanted to be, and of course,
the requirements of both drama and the Muses changed all the characters
(and the story) beyond recognition. My sisters are all very nice, sweet
people who would never try to kill their husbands in a parking lot, and
the one sister who’s still single warned me that this better not put a
crimp in her social life, so let me just say that she would never try to
kill any dates, boyfriends or potential husbands in any parking lot at
any time. The story that takes place in the past, of course, is
entirely fictional, inspired only by a single thought dropped by a
maiden aunt that made me think of how little we know even the people we

The second thing is this: They say it takes a village to raise a child,
and if I can steal that thought, I must say that it takes a community to
make a play. We have had so much help from so many people, including
all the artists who are virtually donating their time and talent (the
pittance they’re getting probably doesn’t even cover gas), as well as
the various organizations and our community partners (Keiro Senior
Services, the Rafu Shimpo, EWP, and JANM), and the scores of individuals
who’ve given donations of time, money, labor, and skill (including some
of you in the audience tonight) so that we could present this play to
you. It’s been a labor of love, but like all such labors, we’ve been
repaid a hundred-fold by all the love and support of our communities –
artistic, ethnic, and actual.

Finally, I want to express my deep gratitude to my father, who was a 442
vet and worked tirelessly for his community; he taught us all the value of
individual expression and gave us all the courage to speak – and to the rest
of his generation, who endured so much to give us and the ensuing generations
the opportunity to speak.