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Naomi’s Road

“The work is a vital production for our times.” Toronto Star
“a powerful production of an opera whose very specific story echoes and resonates loudly and menacingly today.”  Globe and Mail

Based on a novel by Joy Kogawa
Libretto by Ann Hodges | Music by Ramona Luengen

A Tapestry Opera Production

November 16 – 20, 2016
St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Ave.

Set in Vancouver during the Second World War, Naomi’s Road follows a young Japanese-Canadian girl’s journey from Vancouver to an internment camp in the BC interior. Separated from their parents, all that remains of Naomi and her brother’s lives is a single suitcase and an uncertain future. Naomi’s Road is a unique, moving account of a definitive moment in Canada’s history.

Director: Michael Hidetoshi Mori
Original Direction and Concept: Ann Hodges
Set and Costume Designer: Christine Reimer
Lighting Designer: Michelle Ramsay

Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga – Naomi
Sam Chung – Stephen
Sung Taek Chung – Daddy, Bully, Rough Lock Bill, Trainmaster
Erica Iris – Mother, Mitzi, Obasan


Nov 16, 2016: Joy Kogawa reading from Naomi’s Road
Nov 17, 2016Alexandra Shimo reading from Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve.
Nov 19, 2016Rui Umezawa reading from The Truth About Death and Dying.
Nov 20, 2016Lynne Kutsukake reading from The Translation of Love

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