Directed by Seret Scott, the East Coast premiere of Gotanda's play will run through Nov. 5 with an official opening scheduled for Oct. 18. The cast features Dian Koboyashi as Sumi and David Fonteno as James.
Yohen is set in 1986 Southern California and, according to production notes, concerns "the 30-year marriage of James, an African American ex-GI, and Sumi, his Japanese wife. After 30 years of marriage, Sumi reevaluates the relationship and separates from James. Attempting to reconnect, the couple must face their differences and look back before they can move ahead."
The title of the play is a Japanese pottery terms that "refers to irregular color mixing which takes place in the kiln. The results are as unpredictable as the evolution of a marriage. In the end, it is up to the viewer to decide whether or not the creation has been made more beautiful by the imperfection."
The creative team also includes Charles Corcoran (set design), Carol Pelletier (costume design) and Kazuko Oguma (lighting design).
Yohen plays the West End Theatre, located in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew at 263 West 86th Street, 2nd floor. For ticket information visit www.panasianrep.org.