Julia Izumi

Julia Izumi

Julia Izumi is a writer and performer who makes plays, musicals, and several opportunities for dancing. She has developed work through Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, WP Theater, Barn Arts Collective’s Hamilton Project Residency, NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop, BMI’s Librettists Workshop, the Great Plains Theatre Conference...
Julia Izumi is a writer and performer who makes plays, musicals, and several opportunities for dancing. She has developed work through Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, WP Theater, Barn Arts Collective’s Hamilton Project Residency, NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop, BMI’s Librettists Workshop, the Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayLab, the Maria Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop, and HB Studio’s First Floor Studio Residency. Her work has been presented at Trinity Repertory Company, the National Asian-American Theatre ConFest, Dixon Place, On the Verge Summer Repertory, A-Squared Theatre Workshop, FringeNYC, and the inaugural Corkscrew Theatre Festival. Honors for her work include O’Neill Theater Center’s NPC Finalist, 2019 Kilroys List Honorable Mention, KCACTF’s 2019 Darrell Ayers Playwriting Award, Theater Masters’ Take Ten 2017 selection, NY Society Library's Emerging Women's Artist Grant and a Puffin Artists' Grant. MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University. www.juliaizumi.com

Plays

  • Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book-Signing, and Other Things
    Tonight we welcome Murasaki Shikibu in conversation to kick off the book launch of The Tale of Genji, one of the first novels ever written. Like, in the whole world. Granted, the event is over 1000 years late, but to make up for lost time, Lady Murasaki has a lot to say. If you’re lucky, she might even talk about the book. She will take questions and give autographs following the discussion. Priority seating...
    Tonight we welcome Murasaki Shikibu in conversation to kick off the book launch of The Tale of Genji, one of the first novels ever written. Like, in the whole world. Granted, the event is over 1000 years late, but to make up for lost time, Lady Murasaki has a lot to say. If you’re lucky, she might even talk about the book. She will take questions and give autographs following the discussion. Priority seating with book purchase. Moderator TBD.
  • miku, and the gods.
    Miku wants to be a god. Ephraim wants to be an Olympian. Grandma wants to remember. And Shara wants people to just include him in the conversation, you know? But what do the gods want? What do beings who have everything in the world want? miku, and the gods is an epic and small adventure that braids friendship, death, and power beyond what one could ever desire.
  • Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea
    The Little Mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved and well-known fairy tale, which is why it’s not the story or friend, Dolan, is going to tell you today. No, he’s going to tell you the story about a Little Rain Cloud who falls in love with a human. They are not the same story at all, he swears.
  • (An Audio Guide for) Unsung Snails and Heroes
    In 1945 Japan, right before World War II comes to an end, the Tazwa family receives word that the patriarch has died overseas in Manchuria, but his bones are not sent home. The local town take this to mean he has done something dishonorable so Atsuko, second daughter of the family, decides to go to Manchuria alone and find her father’s bones so she can clear her family’s name and properly bury him. Inspired by...
    In 1945 Japan, right before World War II comes to an end, the Tazwa family receives word that the patriarch has died overseas in Manchuria, but his bones are not sent home. The local town take this to mean he has done something dishonorable so Atsuko, second daughter of the family, decides to go to Manchuria alone and find her father’s bones so she can clear her family’s name and properly bury him. Inspired by a true story from the playwright's family history, (An Audio Guide for) Unsung Snails and Heroes is an epic yet personal tale about discovering truth and discovering self.
  • Akira Kurosawa Explains His Movies and Yogurt (with Live & Active Cultures!)
    Tonight we welcome Akira Kurosawa, the internationally acclaimed Japanese filmmaker, who will give us an exclusive peek into his brilliant mind and the thrilling world of his movies. But, you know, it’s so weird, every time he talks about his films, it kinda sounds like he’s talking about yogurt? Akira Kurosawa Explains His Movies and Yogurt (with Live & Active Cultures!) is a fantastical lecture/...
    Tonight we welcome Akira Kurosawa, the internationally acclaimed Japanese filmmaker, who will give us an exclusive peek into his brilliant mind and the thrilling world of his movies. But, you know, it’s so weird, every time he talks about his films, it kinda sounds like he’s talking about yogurt? Akira Kurosawa Explains His Movies and Yogurt (with Live & Active Cultures!) is a fantastical lecture/performance hybrid about identity, cultural imperialism, and “healthy” consuming.
  • A Likely Pair
    A pair of folks, one older, one younger, as often is the case. They grow up together, rely on each other--which is necessary when your Mother has a very, very demanding job. Sometimes they fight, sometimes they don’t,as such a pair often does. And when it seems life may be this way forever, in comes a little Poison. And then they grow apart. And grow back together. And then apart again. Just a story like any other. Sort of.