DEAR YOKO is a highly charged, hilarious yet deeply revealing one-woman show that interweaves the lives of Asian-American actress/playwright Anzu Lawson & her late tiger mother Keiko with the legendary yet misunderstood life of Yoko Ono as they navigate xenophobia, self-worth, and identity through multiple eras.Written and performed by Anzu Lawson. Directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson.
Ages: 14 to Adult
News About Dear Yoko at Whitefire Theatre
FORGETTING NOT FORGOTTEN Begins November 6 at Whitefire Theatre
October 22, 2020
Forgetting, Not Forgotten. A multimedia virtual show (presented online) livestreamed from the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. An official selection of the Black Voices Festival.
BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Anzu Lawson - Asian-American Actress, Playwright, Stand-Up Comic, and Yoko Ono Doppelganger
March 25, 2020
With the current theatre world on hiatus, I have created a Spotlight Series of interviews with some of am the many talented artists who make our Los Angeles theatre community so exciting and vibrant thanks to their ongoing contribution to keeping the arts alive in the City of the Angels. And like all of us, how are they dealing with the abrupt end of productions in which they were involved? This Spotlight focuses on Anzu Lawson, an Asian-American Actress, Playwright, Stand-Up Comic, and Yoko Ono doppelganger who I first met during the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
SOLOFEST 2020 Announces February Shows at the Whitefire Theatre
February 02, 2020
The Whitefire Theatre presents SOLOFEST 2020, the largest solo theater festival on the West Coast. Now in its 8th year, SOLOFEST 2020 brings 80 shows in 90 days celebrating solo artists from around the globe a?' each story-teller sharing their compelling and often unusual take on life. SOLOFEST 2020 will run January 4 a?' March 28.
DEAR YOKO Opens At Whitefire Theatre On February 2
December 05, 2019
Following successful 2019 engagements at the Whitefire Theatre and Santa Monica Playhouse, the acclaimed show Dear Yoko returns to the Whitefire Theatre for a single performance as part of the Whitefire's Solofest 2020. Anzu Lawson (who plays Ashley Kim on NBC's Chicago Med) is an Asian-American actress who grew up in Southern California in a broken family.
Review: Anzu Lawson Opens Her Heart and Shares Her Soul in DEAR YOKO
August 27, 2019
I was unaware of how Anzu's personal history inspired Ono's spirit to speak so directly to her until I was in the audience at her World Premiere solo show, DEAR YOKO, in which Anzu opened her heart and soul as she revealed how her personal history of non-acceptance as an Asian woman and her overwhelming depression was turned around when she discovered Ono as she studied her story and writings. During her 90-minute performance, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson at the Whitefire Theatre, Anzu not only portrayed Ono with her signature dialect, hat and sunglasses, but also personal family members, rock musicians she met while touring as a singer/songwriter, agents and entertainment moguls who brought on the need for the #MeToo movement, and others who assisted her in turning her life around and accepting herself as the person she really was meant to be. And that road was never easy but so worth the journey.