Tues @ 7pm | Wed – Fri @ 8pm | Sat @ 3pm & 8pm | Sun @ 3pm | Wed @ 1pm PWYC (Apr 10)
Praise for The Tashme Project: The Living Archives:
“It is delicate work that Manning and Miwa have undertaken here, something clearly sacred and powerful to them: an honouring of cultural and personal histories that may disappear if the living archive of Nisei passes away without sharing what happened.” -Karen Fricker, Toronto Star
“The Tashme Project: The Living Archives is something I feel everyone should see and learn about. Canada is not guilt-free when it comes to atrocities committed during times of war and it’s about time Canadians learn more about that time and recognize it.” -Samantha Wu, Mooney on Theatre
“The physical presence of Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa onstage is a testament to the ways in which skilled performers can bring stories and characters to life that defy traditional modes of ‘realistic’ representation, and in doing so, add an intense and moving element to the reality of marginalized bodies throughout Canada’s extremely conflicted history.” -Bateman Reviews
The Tashme Project: The Living Archives is an award-winning verbatim theatre play that traces the history and common experience of the Nisei (or 2nd Generation Japanese Canadians) through childhood, WW2 internment and post-war resettlement east of the Rockies. The Nisei, now in their 70’s and 80’s, were children at the time of internment and their stories of adventure and play are presented in sharp relief with the more common internment narratives of hardship and injustice.
Made up of 20 interwoven interviews with Nisei from Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Montreal and Vancouver, the piece moves from voice to voice, story to story with fluidity and with a purposeful and constructed gracefulness.
Written and performed by Matt Miwa and Julie Tamiko Manning, The Tashme Project is an embodiment of Nisei character, language, spirit and story. The actors portray the voices of both men and women interviewees as they seek a deep emotional and spiritual connection with the stories of their elders.