A World Premiere
Produced by Full Circle Theater
Presented by Park Square Theatre
as part of its 2020-21 season
Fire in the New World
by R.A. Shiomi
Directed by Rick Shiomi
Coming May/June 2021
FIRE IN THE NEW WORLD
Written and directed by R.A. Shiomi, this world premiere is the third installment of Shiomi’s hit noir-style detective comedies featuring Sam Shikaze, the hard-boiled private eye who fights crime in Vancouver’s Japantown and beyond in the years after WWII. This time Sam is up against a big time developer intent on bulldozing Sam’s community. But Sam is also hired to find the developer's missing Japanese American wife. The play is smart and fun, chock full of social commentary and sly intrigue.
The award-winning YELLOW FEVER was the first play in Shiomi’s trilogy featuring Sam Shikaze. It has been produced Off-Broadway, across North America, and in Japan. The New York production received a rave review in the New York Times:
"As a playwright, Mr. Shiomi is his own crafty private investigator, making his points through indirection and with droll humor. . .Mr. Shiomi's YELLOW FEVER is so captivating that it makes one eager for further adventures of the inimitable Sam Shikaze."
--Mel Gussow, The New York Times
(R. A. Shiomi)
Fire in the New World Playwright & Director
He has been a leader in Asian American theater for over thirty-five years, as a playwright, director and artistic director and has written over twenty plays, including the award-winning Yellow Fever, Rosie's Cafe, and Mask Dance. He recently directed Christopher Chen's Caught for Full Circle at the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio.
For Theater Mu he has directed many plays including Into The Woods set in Asia, The Mikado set in Edwardian England (with Skylark Opera) and Yellow Face at the Dowling Studio. He was a co-founder of Theater Mu and Artistic Director there from 1993 to 2013.
He also directed Chen's play Caught and Mia Chung's You For Me For You for InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, which both received Barrymore Award Nominations and Awards .
He has received the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Vision, the Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.
Photo by Lia Chang
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