This Lingering Life Nominated for 8 Theatre Awards

this lingering life

This Lingering Life by Theatre of Yugen, a play I reviewed herehas been nominated in eight categories in the inaugural year of the Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Awards, which are to be held Monday, November 10th here in San Francisco.

 Individual Artist Award Category


  • Chiori Miyagawa* for Outstanding World Premiere Play
  • Michael Gardiner for Outstanding Original Underscore
  • Hideta Kitazawa for Outstanding Creative Specialty

Tier III Production Category


  • Jubilith Moore for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor
  • Lluis Valls for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor
  • Callie Floor for Outstanding Costume Design
  • Mikiko Uesugi for Outstanding Scenic Design
  • Allen Willner for Outstanding Lighting Design

Good luck wishes to everyone for their amazing creative efforts in putting together this piece.


Circus Acts at Old Chinatown Theatre

tree of smoke circus

I went to a charming, inspiring, wonderful local theatre show over the weekend in a fascinating old theatre in Chinatown that I’d never even noticed before. It was lovely.

In the Tree of Smoke

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The show is called In The Tree of Smoke. The performances offer a terrific combination of aerial dance, crazy contortionist displays, clowning and an almost-burlesque edge. It’s a two-hour show with a brief intermission and it consists of about a dozen independent little performances that all merge together to present the idea that beauty and art and creativity can thrive even when money is lacking.

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Sha Sha Higby in A Paper Wing

sha sha higby

When my mom was here we went to go see a performance at Theatre Yugen. It was a solo performance by Sha Sha Higby called A Paper Wing.

theatre yugen

I was mistakenly expecting a spoken theater performance. It turned out to be more of a dance performance that emphasized the use of tons of creative costuming to tell the story. I have to be honest in saying that it was difficult for me to sit for the full hour for a performance without words. What can I say, I’m a word nerd. But all in all I found a lot to be inspired by.

sha sha higby paper wing

I didn’t know anything about Sha Sha Higby before the performance. After the performance, I was inspired to learn more about her. She says in her artist statement, “I approach dance through the medium of sculpture. I interweave painterly manipulation of physical materials and textures I make one by one from wood, paper, silk, ceramic and gold leaf with a labyrinth of delicate props. My work strives to create a path where movement and stillness meet.” I can definitely see the intersection of sculpture, costume art and dance in the work that we saw. There were several cool effects with the lighting on the props as well as with the mingling of many different masks that were visually intriguing.sha sha higby paper wingI definitely have an appreciation for her creativity and artistry!