MAR 16 - APR 23

A Co-Production With PlaywrightS’ Arena

By Rosie Narasaki
Directed by Margaret Shigeko Starbuck
World Premiere Production

11th century Ladies-in-Waiting Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon are, to this day, two of Japan’s most beloved writers. 

They also kind of hated each other. 

This play is about friendship, heartbreak, and what it means to be a female artist. Perhaps most of all, it’s about how no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same… even after a thousand years.


Scenic Designer: Yuki Izumihara
Costume Designer: Jana Ai Morimoto
Lighting Designer: Henry Tran
Sound Designer: Alyssa Ishii
Casting Director: Fran de Leon
Production Stage Manager: Letitia Chang
Research Dramaturg: Lynne K. Miyake





Sun, Mar 26: Post-show discussion on Playwriting
Sun, Apr 2: Post-show discussion on Acting
Thu, Apr 13: Post-show discussion on Design
Sat, Apr 15: Post-show discussion on Acting
Sun, Apr 16: Post-show discussion on Theme
Sat, Apr 22: Post-show discussion on Directing


Mon, Apr 3: Pay What You Choose
Thu, Apr 6: AAPI Affinity Night
Sat, Apr 8, 2pm: Community Matinée (all tickets $5)
Sat, Apr 15: Student Night


Unrivaled: Sneak Peek
Thu, Feb 9, 7pm
Altadena Public Library, 600 E. Mariposa St in Altadena

At a special sneak peek event hosted by the Altadena Library on February 9th, members of the public will have the opportunity to participate in a table read of the Unrivaled script and speak to Director Margaret Shigeko Starbuck about the play and the design process for the full production.

Then & Now
Sun, Apr 9, 4pm
Boston Court Pasadena

This special engagement event will feature readings from Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji and Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book to provide a deeper understanding of the real Murasaki and Sei, and the brilliance and legacy of their writing. These excerpts will be paired with readings by contemporary AAPI poets writing in Los Angeles today to honor the legacy of poetry from the Heian Period all the way to 2023 Los Angeles.

  • All patrons, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a N-95, KN-95 or surgical mask fully covering their nose and mouth at all times while inside the theater. No cloth masks or bandanas will be permitted.
  • While full vaccination is no longer required, it is highly recommended.
  • If at any time prior to your performance, you are not feeling well, are unable to meet our mask policy, or feel uncomfortable attending, please stay home and contact the box office. We will happily exchange your tickets for another performance or offer a full refund.



Rhythms of the...
FEB 11, 8PM

NT Live: Much ...
FEB 10, 7:30PM & FEB 12, 2PM

Nolan Shaheed ...
FEB 25, 8PM

Danbi Um
MAR 3, 8PM

Brightwork New...
MAR 18, 8PM

Red Eye 2 Toky...
APR 1, 8PM

APR 14, 8PM

Oakwood Brass ...
APR 21, 8PM

MAR 16 - APR 23

Patrick Galvin
APR 28, 8PM

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