Author Tags: Japanese, Theatre
Rick Shiomi is artistic director and founding member of Theatre Mu.
Shiomi was born in Toronto but used his experiences as a Japanese Canadian living on Vancouver's Cordova Street to create a Sam Spade-styled detective named Sam Shikaze as the protagonist for his first play, Yellow Fever. Successfully produced throughout the United States, including New York, Yellow Fever launched Shiomi's career as a playwright. Written with Sundraya Kase, The Walleye Kid is a fable combining Asian tales, midwest traditions and stories of Korean adoptees. Tale of the Dancing Crane is an adaptation of an Asian folktale: a story of a man who accidentally shoots a crane and is later visited by a beautiful young lady who is really the bird in disguise.
Rick Shiomi comments on Cordova Street: "I used to live on Cordova Street and I'd look out on Oppenheimer Park and think, 'I wonder what it'd be like to be involved in the Japanese Canadian Community? I wonder who these people are?' I'd grown up and worked in a mixed, mainstream Canadian environment. In the previous four of five years I'd been living in, basically, a couterculture milieu. I'd explored all these different areas but there was this one huge area called Japanese Canadian which I hadn't really touched. So I thought, 'Well, I'll take a look at this.' Of course, to my huge surprise, that's where everything was."
Yellow Fever (Playwrights Cannada, 1984)
Once is Never Enough (1984)
Rosie's Cafe (1990)
Theatre Ball, Uncle Tadao (1990)
The Walley Kid (1998)
Dancing Crane (1999)
[BCBW 1992] "Theatre" "Japanese"