Ballad of Yachiyo.

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A tender and tragic imagined account of the life of Gotanda's aunt.

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If ever there was a script to add to the mix in a book club, this is it. Based on a chapter from his own family's history, Philip Kan Gotanda's play is set among Asian (mainly Japanese) workers at a Hawaiian sugar cane plantation in the early 1900s. The drama uses delicate poetic language to tell the story of a young girl's sexual awakening, and what that comes to mean for her own life, and the position of her family within the era's rigid social system. In some ways Gotanda uses language as lusciously as Tennessee Williams did in his golden age--and to tell a similar story of passions erupting below what seems to be a placid surface.

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The Ballad of Yachiyo is a tale of illicit passion by Guggenheim-winning playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, set in 1919 among the lush cane fields of Hawaii. Inspired by true events in the playwright's family, The Ballad of Yachiyo follows 16-year-old Yachiyo as she reluctantly leaves her impoverished parents to live with sophisticated relatives. Her mother hopes she will learn the Japanese tea ceremony and other refinements that will help attract a wealthy husband. But as Yachiyo acquires civilized graces from her hostess, Okusan, she also struggles with a growing passion for Okusan's handsome, dissolute husband. The Ballad of Yachiyo is a gripping story of poetic imagery by one of America's leading contemporary playwrights.

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Publisher: Theatre Communications Group, 1996
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