By E.M. Lewis
Directed by Emilie Pascale Beck
World Premiere Production

“There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
–Leonard Cohen

A travel writer who never travels. A Japanese architect who can’t figure out how to build a simple tea house. A gifted tattoo artist who resists the power of his talents. And a homeless girl who lives under a weeping willow tree in the Japanese Garden. Four lonely people, their stories written on paper, earth, and skin, find each other when one of them falls apart. Together they realize the heart is as strong as it is fragile, and that the safety of home might be found in the most fearsome explorations.  A beautiful, haunting, and richly human world premiere from the author of The Gun Show and Song of Extinction.

RUN TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes, no intermission

THe Creative Team

Scenic Designer: Tesshi Nakagawa
Costume Designer: Ann Closs-Farley
Lighting Designer: Sarah Resch
Sound Designer: Jack Arky
Properties Designer: Jenny Smith Cohn & Jess Soto
Assistant Director: Dyoni Isom
Casting Director: Julia Flores
Production Stage Manager: Trixie Eunhae Hong

The Cast

Amy Sloan as Grace Wheeler

Ryun Yu as Haruki Sakamoto

Chelsea Kurtz as Kat Lane

Dieterich Gray as Tommy Z


Join us on social media for conversations inspired by the play!

#TattooTuesday   #MySkinMyStory

“The things that happen to us are written on our skin.” – How the Light Gets In

Tattoos have evolved over thousands of years, crossing the boundaries between ritual and art. Tattoos grow from self-expression, rebellion, religion, and identity. They can hide scars and highlight beliefs. Post of pic of your tattoo, tag us, and let us know…what does your tattoo mean to you?


“It’s really hard to tell people really true things.” – How the Light Gets In

Why do we lie? Sometimes we’re afraid. We don’t want to accept a difficult experience. We lie to avoid pain or to escape from our unconscious anxieties. Other times we lie to protect the feelings of others. But lying can also be just for fun! Join us on Twitter as we play Two Truths and a Lie. Can you spot the lie?


“It’s hard to beat a bench under a tree.” – How the Light Gets In

Communing with nature is good for the soul. It allows us to slow down, breathe, and reflect. Just being in the presence of trees can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and boost the immune system. Do you have a favorite neighborhood park? Next time you’re there post a pic and tag us! We’ll feature you on our Facebook page.



Sun, Sep 29: Post-show discussion on playwriting
Fri, Oct 4: Post-show discussion on acting
Thu, Oct 10: Post-show discussion on design
Sat, Oct 12: Post-show discussion on directing
Thu, Oct 17: Post-show discussion on acting
Sun, Oct 20: Post-show discussion on acting
Sat, Oct 26: Post-show discussion on theme with health care journalist Kate Picket, author of Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America.
Post-show discussions begin immediately following the performance.

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