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The Last Firefly

THE LAST FIREFLY

by NAOMI IIZUKA
directed by DAISUKE KAWACHI

March 21 - April 7, 2019

 

THEATER MU & STEPPINGSTONE THEATER PRESENT A SHOW FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

It begins with light and a flash. Then comes a sound, a pulse, a beat, a crash like a giant hammer smashing through the sky. The fantastic story of Boom, the child of Thunder, is a mythical adventure about discovering one's inner strength. After being forced out of the home at the hand of a cruel stepfather, Boom sets out on a journey of self-discovery where battles against forces of nature are courageously fought. Along the way, Boom encounters conflicts with animals of an enchanted forest. This epic tale combines Japanese fairy tales and folklore to create an exciting theatrical experience for young audiences.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION


DATES

March 22 - April 7, 2019

TICKET PRICING

We strive to voice the stories of the Asian American community, and in order to bring performances to those communities whose stories they tell, we are committed to make them as accessible as possible. PAY AS YOU ARE pricing asks those who routinely pay $35 for theater tickets to choose to pay that amount; it is the actual fair market value of the ticket. If an audience member needs to pay less, they can choose to pay less – as little as $5 per ticket.

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Donate $20 or more when you purchase a ticket and become a playmaker. Ticket sales only cover a third of actual production costs. Playmakers help make strong performances possible by helping to cover the real cost of a play.

VENUE INFO

THE LAST FIREFLY will take place at SteppingStone Theatre located at 55 N Victoria St Saint Paul, MN 55104

For directions or parking information, visit SteppingStone’s Location Page.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Audio Described Performance: March 29 at 7:00 PM

ASL-Interpreted Performance: March 31 at 3:00 PM

SCHOOL MATINEES

Please call 651-225-9265 to reserve group tickets or visit SteppingStone’s Group Visits page for more information.

 

CAST


 

SHINA XIONG

Boom

DEXIENG YANG

Kuroko

GREGORY YANG

Ax

JOHN LUTTERMAN

Monkey

KAJSIAB “JADE” YANG

Lightning

 
 
 

GABI DEL MORAL *

Spider

YEEJ MOUA

Ensemble

JULIA BIDDLECOME

Tree

SAKURA CALLAHAN

Ensemble

ISABELLA BELTRAN SHAPLAND

Tree

 
 
 

FITZ FREEBY

Ensemble

WILL SPANGRUD

Ensemble

ANNIKA WADE

Ensemble

EVA ALLINDER

Ensemble

TRISIAN XIONG

Ensemble

 
 

* DENOTES MEMBER OF ACTORS EQUITY

 

PRODUCTION TEAM


 

DAISUKE KAWACHI

Director

SARA OCHS

Assistant Director

LIZZIE STREIF

Stage Manager

EMIKO HINDS

Assistant Stage Manager

SARAH BRANDNER

Scenic Designer

 
 
 

MEGHAN KENT

Costume Designer

TONY STOERI

Lighting Designer

DAMEUN STRANGE

Sound Designer

ABBIE KROHN

Props Designer

ANNIE ENNEKING

Fight Choreographer

 
 

PHOTOS


Photos by Dan NoRMAN

 

IN THE NEWS


FEATURES

PIONEER PRESS
Theater Mu, Steppingstone collaboration melds youth and stage vets — seasoned with a dash of Kabuki

TWIN CITIES AGENDA
Trauma and Light: Theater Mu and SteppingStone team up for “The Last Firefly”

MINNESOTA MONTHLY
Practical Magic in “The Last Firefly”

TWIN CITIES ARTS READER
INTERVIEW: Daisuke Kawachi And Sara Ochs On Directing The Last Firefly

REVIEWS

COMPENDIUM
"It inspires a passion in the hearts of kids to learn more about theater and one day decide how they want to remain engaged with that world. I think that's an honorable cause, and one I don't see a lot of local companies take."

 

MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT


NAOMI IIZUKA’s plays include 36 VIEWS, POLAROID STORIES, ANON(YMOUS), LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, ALOHA, SAY THE PRETTY GIRLS, TATTOO GIRL, SKIN, AT THE VANISHING POINT, CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST, LAST FIREFLY, CITIZEN 13559, and WAR OF THE WORLDS. Her work has been produced by Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Children’s Theatre Company, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Huntington Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Portland Center Stage, The Public Theater, Campo Santo and Intersection for the Arts, Dallas Theater Center, The Next Wave Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Soho Repertory Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival. Her work has been workshopped at Sundance Theatre Lab, Midwest PlayLabs, New Works Now at The Public Theater, Performance Space 122, Manhattan Theatre Club and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Her plays have been published by Theatre Communications Group, Smith and Kraus Publishers, Inc., Heinemann, Playscripts, TheatreForum and American Theater. Ms. Iizuka is a member of New Dramatists and the recipient of a Joyce Award, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, an Alpert Award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Stavis Award from the National Theatre Conference, a Rockefeller Foundation MAP grant, an NEA/TCG Artist-in-Residence grant, a McKnight Fellowship, a PEN Center USA West Award for Drama, Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship and a Jerome Fellowship. She is the head of the graduate MFA Playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego.

 

SPONSORS


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