2016 / Classic Buddhist tale to be performed by KODO’s Chieko Kojima with TAIKOPROJECT at East West Players’ theater, Sept. 15 – 25

Chieko Kojima Road to Kumano East West Players 2016

Road to Kumano

Choreographed by Chieko Kojima

Music performed by TAIKOPROJECT

Sept. 15 thru Sept. 25, 2016

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM

Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2PM

Ten performances only

David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts

120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012


East West Players, the nation’s longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, continues its 51st Anniversary Season Radiant with the world premiere of Road to Kumano.

Chieko Kojima, the lead female performer for the world-renowned taiko group Kodo, joins the TAIKOPROJECT ensemble at East West Players in this unique dance theatre piece based on the classic Buddhist tale of Dojoji.

Performers also include Masato Baba, Jen Baik, Courtney Deguchi, Chieko Kojima, Blaine O’Brien, Yumi Saito, David Wells, and Bryan Yamami with rotating cast members: Andrew Chen, Keiko Harada, Tomomi Hongo, Liz Ishida, Jenny Mimura, Doug Sakamoto, Audrey Tu, and Brian Yamagata.

The creative team includes choreography by Chieko Kojima, music by TAIKOPROJECT, staging consultant David Furumoto, sound design by Glenn Suravech, lighting design by Scott LeGrand, costume design by Chieko Kojima & Sueko Oshimoto, hair styling by Jennifer Caballero and stage Manager is Brandon Cheng.

This production is presented in association with Kodo Arts Sphere America and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Japan Foundation Los Angeles, the Sansei Legacy Fund, the Toyota Giving Circle, and AAPIP (Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy).

All performances will be staged at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The ten performance engagement begins September 15 through September 25, Thursday through Saturday performances at 8PM, and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances at 2PM.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.eastwestplayers.org or by calling (213) 625-7000. Tickets range from $35-$50. Student and Senior discounts available. Dates, prices and details are subject to change.