2019 / Los Angeles: USC to present concert performance “The Four Immigrants” based on comic strips in 1920s, Nov. 20

The Four Immigrants: Full musical stage in Silicon Valley in 2017, at the Lucie Stern Theatre for Theatre Works Silicon Valley. This group photo shows Henry Kiyama’s granddaughter, Akiko, in the middle, surrounded by the actors playing the Four Immigrants. Min Kahng is on the far right. (Courtesy of Frederik L. Schodt.)

Forwarded for University of Southern California Visions and Voices

Concert Performance
The Four Immigrants: From Manga to Musical

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7 p.m.
University of Southern California, Brain and Creativity Institute’s Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI) Los Angeles, CA 90089

7 p.m.: Pre-Performance Discussion
7:30 p.m.: Performance of The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, October 23, at 9 a.m. JOIN WAITLIST

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga is an award-winning musical about the adventures of young Japanese immigrants in early-twentieth-century San Francisco.

Based on Manga Yonin Shosei, a semi-autobiographical series of comic strips written and drawn by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama from 1924 to 1927, the show follows Charlie, Frank, Fred, and Henry as they pursue the American Dream in the face of numerous obstacles.

Both the musical and the original manga it’s based on contrast the gag-driven humor of Western comic strips with the discrimination faced by first-wave immigrants, and explore what it means to find home in a foreign land.

USC Visions and Voices is proud to present a concert performance of The Four Immigrants preceded by a special discussion about the show and its unique source material.

Panelists include the play’s author/composer, Min Kahng, and director, Leslie Martinson, along with translator and manga historian Frederik L. Schodt and moderator Julia Cho, co-founder and co-producing artistic leader of Artists at Play, a Los Angeles–based theatre company that focuses on Asian American narratives.