Co-Producer, October 2018
Gaman 我慢 – ‘patience’, ‘perseverance’, ‘tolerance’, ‘self-denial’
Tomomi, a young Japanese woman stands at the hull of a ship staring out across the water to her new American life in the years prior to the Hiroshima bombing. There are stars in her eyes and a crackling radio pulled to her chest as she drifts towards a country, and a future, that resists her arrival.
The Art of Gaman is an aching exploration of displacement and loss of cultural identity when you find yourself in a country that considers you an enemy. When forgetting your past is shameful, but remembering brings even greater pain, Tomomi must harness the strength to find beauty in the struggle and carve out a new life for herself and be true to who she really is.
“AN UNDER-STATED WORK OF ART” A Younger Theatre
★★★★ Spy In The Stalls
Jake co-produced The Art of Gaman through Theatre503 with Helen Milne Productions at Theatre503 in October 2018.
Mark Takeshi Ota
Directed by Ailin Conant
Set Design by Helen Coyston
Lighting & Projection Design by Simeon Miller
Sound Design by Ross Flight
Costume Design by Urara Sakurai
Costume Assistant: Eriko Terao
Assistant Director Laura Clifford
Production Photographer: Helen Murray