The Old Globe announced the complete cast and creative team of Kimber Lee’s beautiful drama tokyo fish story, directed by May Adrales. tokyo fish story will play May 28 – June 26, 2016, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run May 28 – June 1. Opening night is Thursday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29, currently available by subscription only, and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 22 at 12 noon.

Master sushi chef Koji built his successful career on respect—for tradition, fine ingredients, and the legends who came before him. But now his restaurant, considered one of the greatest in Tokyo, is losing its customers to newer and flashier places. It’s time for a new generation to take over. Koji’s brilliant protégé Takashi might know how to save the restaurant, if only he could find a way to tell his mentor. Kimber Lee’s beautiful play will take audiences into the mind of the chef-as-artist and bring to vibrant life the sheer exhilaration of creating bite-sized masterpieces. tokyo fish story is a gorgeous meditation on work, legacy, and the art of perfection.

Tina Chilip
The cast of tokyo fish story includes Tina Chilip (Off Broadway’s Golden Child, House Rules, A Dream Play) as Ama Miyuki and Woman; Tim Chiou (You Can’t Take It with You at Geffen Playhouse, world premiere of Year Zero at Victory Gardens Theater) as Takashi; Raymond Lee (world premieres of Vietgone and Office Hour at South Coast Repertory) as Nobu; James Saito (The King and I and Golden Child on Broadway) as Koji; and Jon Norman Schneider (The Old Globe’s The White Snake, Lincoln Center Theater’s The Oldest Boy) as Tuna Dealer Apprentice, Oishi, Toru, Yuji, Daisuke, and Hirayama. The creative team includes Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Jiyoun Chang (Lighting Design), Nathan A. Roberts and Charles Coes (Sound Design and Original Music), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager). 

“Kimber Lee’s insightful and sweetly engaging play tokyo fish story is as gentle and quiet as the lowercase letters in its title, and it’s a wonderful way to close our spring season in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “A charming fable about the tension between art and commerce, the gap between mastery and hackwork, and the bittersweet joys of retirement, the play moves me greatly. It represents a culture all too rarely seen on American stages, and I am proud to bring it to San Diego audiences. I am also proud to welcome the talented May Adrales to the Globe for the first time. Her superb team of designers and actors will create a memorable evening of theatre.”

Tim Chiou
Kimber Lee’s (Playwright) plays include to the yellow house, tokyo fish story (South Coast Repertory, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, LCT3 at Lincoln Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, MOXIE Theatre), and different words for the same thing (Kirk Douglas Theatre at Center Theatre Group). Her work has also been presented by the New Voices Festival at The Old Globe, Lark Play Development Center, Page 73 Productions, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Magic Theatre. She is under commission at LCT3, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Center Theatre Group, and Bush Theatre. Lee is a Lark Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow; a Dramatists Guild Fellow; a member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab; a recipient of the Ruby Prize, PoNY Fellowship, Hartford Stage’s Aetna New Voices Fellowship; and the inaugural 2015 PoNY/Bush Theatre Playwright Residency in London. She received her M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Jon Norman Schneider
May Adrales (Director) isa freelance theatre director, primarily working with new plays. She has directed at Lincoln Center Theater, Signature Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, Pioneer Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Two River Theater. She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, Women’s Project Theater Directors Lab member, Soho Repertory Theater Writer/Director Lab member, New York Theatre Workshop directing fellow, and recipient of the Theatre Communications Group New Generations Program grant, Denham Fellowship, and Paul Green Award. She proudly serves as an Associate Artist at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She is the former Director of Onsite Programs at Lark Play Development Center and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. She received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. She has directed at New York University, Bard College, The Juilliard School, and Fordham University. She is currently on faculty at Yale School of Drama and Brown University.

tokyo fish story is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Leonard Hirsch, in memory of Elaine Hirsch; Silvija and Brian Devine; Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky; and Union Bank.
Kimber Lee
TICKETS to tokyo fish story are currently available by subscription only and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 22 at 12 noon. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on May 28 and continue through June 26. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. Opening Night is Thursday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There will be a Wednesday matinee performance on June 15 at 2:00 p.m. and no matinee performance on Saturday, June 18. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more. 

James Saito
Additional events taking place during the run of tokyo fish story include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday May 31, at 5:30 p.m.
The seminar series features a panel selected from the current show. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE

SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, June 4.
Following the 2:00 p.m. performance, explore the ideas and issues raised by the production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, June 7 and 14, and Wednesday, June 22
Discuss the play with members of the cast and crewfollowing the performance. FREE   
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