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Kentucky – WEST COAST PREMIERE
November 25, 2016 • 8:00 pm PST
November 10 – December 11, 2016
“Kentucky is a story about home, redemption, and finding the best version of yourself. I’m so excited to share Kentucky with a new audience, especially at East West Players, where two hapa (mixed-race) sisters will take center stage! I’ve been a huge fan of EWP for as long as I’ve been a playwright and having an often painfully personal, loud, eclectic play of mine as part of this season is truly a dream come true. I’m especially thrilled to uncover new layers within a nine-person ensemble playing multiple characters for the first time ever,” says playwright Leah Nanako Winkler.
“Kentucky is written by a unique and bold, new voice in the American Theater. Leah’s play is hilariously subversive and heartfelt, depicting a clash of cultures from Japanese to Southern and from the city to the heartland,” says EWP Artistic Director Snehal Desai. “These juxtapositions are what make Kentucky an authentically American story. There are so few plays that feature hapa characters front and center. It’s a beautiful, funny, and endearing coming-of-age story.”