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Dear Yoko at Whitefire Theatre




Whitefire Theatre

13500 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks,CA 91423

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Phone: 800-838-3006

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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

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POSTPARDON ME Comes to The Whitefire Theatre, February 17
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WORTH IT to be Presented at Santa Monica Playhouse
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WORTH IT! Comes to Broadwater Black Box Next Month
July 24, 2021

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THE BOOK THAT WON'T CLOSE Comes to Broadwater Black Box Next Month
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The Book That Won't Close: Confessions of a Love Addict will be performed in front of live audiences at Broadwater Black Box. It will also be livestreamed, so there will be that option for online audiences as well.

YES? NO? MAYBE SO? to be Presented in August at Broadwater Black Box
July 02, 2021

Catherine is a professional musician. One day, she goes to see a medical specialist to address a physical issue that affects her performance. Instead of comforting treatment, she experiences sexual harassment. What to do now? Turn him in to the authorities? Shrug it off?

VERSATILE Will Be Performed at the Broadwater Black Box in August
June 18, 2021

Versatile has been selected previously for the 2020 Black Voices Theatre Festival, the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival's Hot Off the Press event (2020), the Whitefire Theatre's SoloFest 2021 (the largest solo performance festival on the West Coast), and was designated a Spotlight Production at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

FORGETTING NOT FORGOTTEN Begins November 6 at Whitefire Theatre
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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.

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