MIZUSHŌBAI (The Water Trade)

By Julie Tamiko Manning
Directed by Yvette Nolan

Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) explores the life of Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto, a Japanese picture-bride turned ‘underground’ businesswoman in 1930’s British Columbia. It delves into her history, not as a clichéd dragon-lady madam (although at times, perhaps she is), nor as a dutiful daughter (although at times, perhaps she is), nor as a submissive and sexualized female Asian body (although at times, perhaps she is), but as a valuable member of Canadian society who had to fight against expectation, and for autonomy and recognition every step of the way.

Starring: Yoshie Bancroft, Hanako Brierley, Brenda Kamino, Katelyn Morishita, and Dawn Obokata

Mizushōbai was developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.

Segal Centre Studio
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