Creative Team

KEN NARASAKI (Playwright): GHOSTS AND BAGGAGE, premiere at LATC, directed by Alberto Isaac.  INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM was read at EWP, the Japanese American National Museum, Theatre Mu (Minneapolis) and the Asian American Repertory Theatre (San Diego), and Pan Asian Repertory in New York City, and won the 2006 Kumu Kahua Pacific Rim Playwriting Award; this is its world premiere. THE MIKADO PROJECT (in collaboration with Doris Baizley) premiered this past spring at Lodestone Theatre Ensemble and was recommended by the LA Times, the LA Weekly, and Backstage West.

ALBERTO ISAAC (Director): Award-winning director ALBERTO ISAAC has directed such productions as THE TROJAN WOMEN, YANKEE DAWG YOU DIE, WOMAN FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, THE MAIDS, HUGHIE, PERFORMANCE ANXIETY, YELLOW FEVER (East West Players), CLAIM TO FAME (Lodestone Theatre), INSOMNIA (Strasberg Institute), GHOSTS AND BAGGAGE (Los Angeles Theatre Center), PERFORMANCE ANXIETY (East LA Actors Company) and CHICKENCOOP CHINAMAN (Asian American Theatre Company), winning three DramaLogue awards and One L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for outstanding direction. As an actor, he has appeared in various regional theatres and on film and TV.

EMILY KURODA (Producer)

IRMA ESCAMILLA ((Technical Consultant) is presently working on Cedar Grove OnStage’s new production of SHOW ME SOME STUFF by Dan Kwong.

ALAN MURAOKA (Producer) After working for more that 20 years in the entertainment industry first as a theatrical set designer, then art director, presently production designer for feature film and television, Alan is honored to have to have the opportunity to contribute to Ken’s new play as a first time producer. Previous credits as a theatrical designer include productions with The Old Globe Theater, San Diego, Michigan Opera, June Opera Festival and the Julliard School. Feature film Production Design credits include BaadAsssss and Edmond. As an art director: Little Miss Sunshine, Liberty Heights, Ghost World and Washington Square.

JOHN J. FLYNN, Ph.D., (video designer) is a writer, director, editor and narrator whose work has been seen on HBO, PBS, Turner, AMC, and The History Channel. He produces film and video through his company Story Tactics and theater through Timescape Arts Group, he is an Associate Artist at Cornerstone Theater Company, a past Regent’s Scholar, a recipient of two CINE Golden Eagle Awards, husband of Risa Palley Flynn and the proud father of Shea, Jack, and Max.

JULIET WONG (assistant director) Warm thanks Alberto, Emily, Sharon, Ken and all at Timescape. Recent credits: Chorus, Trojan Women (Lodestone Theatre Ensemble); associate producer, assistant director/co-stage manager, The Mikado Project (Lodestone); writer, performer: Collaboratory III (Great Leap); Mary, Better Luck Tomorrow (Trailing Johnson/MTV/Cherry Sky Films); associate producer, Spotlighting (Trailing Johnson Productions.

MINA KINUKAWA (set designer) Mina is excited to be to working with this talented group again! Her recent design credits include: Anon, and Thursday (Echo Theatre Company), Dead Bride Running (at Underground Theater), Stew Rice (East West Players), Arlington (Company of Angels), Three Sisters (HapaLis Productions), Marriage of Figaro (Pepperdine University), Living Out (University of Redlands), and American Monsters 2, Golden Hour, The Mikado Project, and Trojan Women (Lodestone Theatre Ensemble). Her film credits include: Blood The Last Vampire, The Informers, Love on a leash, Mafiosa (TV pilot), Freedom Rock commercial for Robot Chicken (TV).

CHRISTOPHER SINGLETON (Lighting Designer) is the Resident Lighting Designer for the Stephanie Feury Studio, Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, and involved with Comedy Central Stage. Christopher discovered his passion for theatre arts in kindergarten when he was a clown in Keys School’s production of Barnum. He discovered the art of lighting design at Loyola Marymount University, where he graduated from in May 2004. Since starting his journey, Christopher has designed the lights for over sixty shows all over the United States. Some of his most recent projects include Clue (Mercury Theater Productions, September 2007), Trojan Women (Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, August 2007), Eddie, Kill the President (Stephanie Feury Studio, June 2007), Merrily We Roll Along (Chromolume Theatre Ensemble, June 2007), and The Best Man (W Productions, May 2007).

DENNIS YEN (Sound Designer) is excited to be a part of another Ken Narasaki project. He is happy to be working with Alberto, again (this is the third of 3 projects this year, so far!). He is currently scoring a few films , a documentary and a couple videos. Dennis Yen enjoys referring to himself in the third person. He would like to thank May, Ken, Sharon, Emily and Alberto for their continued support.

KEN TAKEMOTO (Costume Designer/Property Master) a native of Hawaii retired from LAUSD after 34 years of sharing his passion for art as a teacher. For the last 17 years, he has devoted his expertise and talents to performing arts as an actor, costume designer and property master. Ken is the recipient of Dramalogue awards for his costume design for CABARET and TWELF NITE O’WATEVA (EWP). He has appeared on stage in SISTERS MATSUMOTO, FOLLIES and TASTE OF KONA COFFEE. Ken is also the recipient of an EWP Rae Creevey Award for outstanding service. Recent TV credits include CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM and HERTZ and PRUDENTIAL LIFE commercials. Recent films: THE ISLAND and JUST LIKE HEAVEN.

DARLENE MIYAKAWA (Production Stage Manager) made working on this project one of her birthday wishes, so it was a happy surprise to receive a call a few days after blowing the candles. She has worked primarily in theater and opera as a stage manager and producer. Some of her credits include: Long Beach Opera, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Theatreworks/Palo Alto, Marin Theatre Company, Opera San Jose, Teatro Vision, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Oakland Public Theater. Darlene is a member of AEA, SMA, and AGMA.

TOM ATHA (Fight Choreographer) has been choreographing fights, directing plays, and acting in film and theatre professionally for thirty years. Tom teaches acting at East Los Angeles College.