Factory presents THE TASHME PROJECT: THE LIVING ARCHIVES, Jan 29-Feb 10, 2019

For Immediate Release: December 17, 2018 • Please include in your listings/announcements

Factory presents Tashme Productions’
Created and Performed by Julie Tamiko Manning & Matt Miwa
Directed by Mike Payette
January 29 – February 10, 2019 | Mainspace
A CrossCurrents Canada presentation

Factory proudly presents The Tashme Project: The Living Archives, an award-winning verbatim theatre piece crafted and performed by Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, directed by Mike Payette, in the Mainspace from January 29 – February 10, 2019.

Created from extensive interviews with more than 20 Nisei, second generation Japanese Canadians who were children during internment, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives traces their childhood pre- and post-confinement. Gracefully moving from story to story, Manning and Miwa inhabit the voices of the children, highlighting unexpected moments of wonder and play, while finding a deep connection to their elders. Almost 80 years later, a new generation of Japanese Canadians are exploring the impact of Canada’s internment laws during World War II.

Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, co-artistic directors of Tashme Productions, met nine years ago at the NAC in Ottawa and quickly bonded over their Japanese Canadian heritage. Once they discovered both their families had been interned in Tashme, they knew there was a story they had to investigate. They began by interviewing their own family interned in Tashme. “There is a legacy of silence around internment, passed down through Japanese family and culture that prompted us to create the show. It is a silence we are still trying to understand, to honour and to articulate,” said Manning, who with Miwa, is passionately committed to vitalizing Japanese Canadian cultural pride.

Julie Tamiko Manning is an award-winning Montreal actor and theatre creator whose first play, Mixie and the Halfbreeds (with Adrienne Wong) is on the list 49 plays by Women of Colour That You Can Program Tomorrow and was produced by fu-GEN this past Spring.  She is beginning work on her third play, Mizushobai, (commissioned by Montreal’s Tableau D’Hôte Theatre) about Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto, a Japanese picture bride turned business woman in 1930’s British Columbia.

Matt Miwa is a theatre, performance and video artist based in Ottawa, where he works to build bridges and collaboration between cultural communities. Matt is currently in residency with Ottawa’s undercurrents theatre festival in which he is writing and directing a new piece entitled, “Bold Woman, Love!” both a dream play and a modern retelling of Electra’s story. Matt proudly serves on the board of the Ottawa Japanese Community Association.

Mike Payette is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre. Directing credits include the Montréal premieres of A Line in the Sand, Elizabeth Rex, Harlem Duet, Another Home Invasion, and the Montréal English-language premiere of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna for which he won a Montreal English Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction. In April, Mike will helm the production of Lorena Gale’s Angélique coming to Factory.

Thirty years after the official government apology to Japanese Canadians, the spirit and the stories of the Nisei are bridging generations and providing another perspective on the Canadian immigrant experience.

THE TASHME PROJECT: THE LIVING ARCHIVES runs January 29 – February 10, 2019 with opening night on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 8pm.

FACTORY presents
The 2018 – 2019 Season

Factory presents Tashme Productions’
Created and performed by Julie Tamiko Manning & Matt Miwa
Directed by Mike Payette

Original Direction by Mieko Ouchi
Movement Dramaturgy by Rebecca Harper
Lighting Design by David Perreault Ninacs
Costume Design by James Lavoie & Laurence Mongeau
Set Design by James Lavoie & Laurence Mongeau
Sound Design by Patrick Andrew Boivin
Video Design by George Allister & Patrick Andrew Boivin

Factory Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide, Toronto
January 29 – February 10, 2019
Opening Night: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 8pm
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm | Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm
Ticket prices range from $40-$50 for regular performances
Student and Senior prices also available
For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.factorytheatre.ca,
phone 416.504.9971, or in person at the box office 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide)
3-Play Passes Still Available. Prices start at $84

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The script for THE TASHME PROJECT: THE LIVING ARCHIVES was created and developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.
THE TASHME PROJECT: THE LIVING ARCHIVES is a CrossCurrents Canada Presentation

Factory would like to thank the government funding bodies, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and The Government of Canada, our Season Sponsor BMO, CrossCurrents Canada Sponsor TD, as well as our generous donors who make developing, producing, and presenting Canadian theatre possible.

Founded in 1970, Factory was the first theatre company in the nation to devote itself to producing 100% Canadian content. 49 seasons later, Factory continues to lead in the development and sharing of Canadian stories having produced more than 300 productions from a diverse source of Canadian playwrights and launching the careers of countless theatre professionals.

Factory would like to acknowledge with gratitude all the storytellers, stewards, and caretakers – recorded and unrecorded – that continue to host Factory on their land. We would like to thank the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Mississaugas of New Credit and other Anishnaabe Nations who have allowed us to create plays that have moved and transformed our audiences in Toronto for almost 50 years.

Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY, 416.533.7710, Carrie Sager, carrie@flip-publicity.com

Photo of Julie Tamiko Manning & Matt Miwa by June Park

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