How the Light Gets In

A travel writer who never travels. A Japanese architect who can’t figure out how to build a simple tea house. A tattoo artist who refuses to draw on a woman’s skin. And a homeless girl who lives under a weeping willow tree in the Japanese Garden. A romantic comedy (of sorts) about four lonely people who find each other when one of them falls apart.
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How the Light Gets In

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  • Kara Q. Lewis:
    20 Jun. 2020
    The pacing is gorgeous. The world feels ready to walk into. Reading E.M. Lewis is like watching an artist paint a landscape in lush, soothing colors, and gently, effortlessly carve out piercing, beautiful details. I was surprised how much I laughed out loud, but it makes sense - she writes grounded, complicated, hopeful people. They share their raw pain, and with that comes love, connection, humor. The way we get to hear all the beautiful unspoken things the characters think but never say is stunning. She gives the quiet souls a chance to be heard and seen.
  • E.K. Doolin:
    27 May. 2020
    Lewis displays her keen sense of humanity in this sweet and beautiful narrative play, that is spliced throughout with theatrical elements of light and sound. I love the assortment of souls that find themselves entwined here, and the through line of kindness, decency, generosity and love. It's a hopeful journey.
  • Marj O'Neill-Butler:
    26 May. 2020
    EM Lewis has such a gentleness about her words and phrases. A unexpected word said simply would bring instant tears, while a moment later I would laugh at yet another small word or phrase. The Japanese Garden is at once peaceful and hopefully romantic. Such a quiet, meaningful, honest piece of theatre. If you want your pulse to slow down, read it.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Fertile Ground Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
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    Boston Court Pasadena
    ,
    2018

Production History

  • Professional
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    Boston Court Pasadena
    ,
    2019