Jan 19 - Mar 04 , 2018

Nothing is the Same

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"Wow!...Tim Dang directs two distinct casts with abundant verve...rest assured you will be charmed, delighted, and moved by eight of the most talented Asian-American up-and-comers in town."  - Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA
"Captivating," "thought-provoking" and "to be enjoyed by young and old alike"  ---Ron Irwin, Los Angeles Post-Examiner
"An important message for today...One cannot think of a time more ripe for making students think outside the superficial judging of people in some way unlike themselves.---Frances Baum Nicholson, Pasadena Star-News


The play follows four children in 1940s Hawaii whose lives are forever changed when they are forced from an innocent game of marbles into the terrifying reality of bombers overhead, teargas and bigotry. They try to make sense of the world, and their place in it, in the midst of intense upheaval. Loyalty is questioned and friendships are tested, but in the end, they learn what it means to belong to a group of friends, a community, and a country. 

Nothing is the Same was the result of an oral history project supported by TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts. The play premiered at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth after being developed at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival. After touring for two seasons in Hawaii, the original production moved to Seattle Children's Theatre for an additional three months.

Presented as part of the 2018 Theater for Young Audiences program serving more than 2,000 school children from around Southern California. Are you an educator? Register your class to attend Nothing is the Same by completing the online form. Join us for multiple FREE public events being held in conjuntion with this production - please scroll down for schedule and descriptions!


About Tim Dang

Tim Dang was Producing Artistic Director of East West Players from 1993 through 2016, making himself and his company among the most highly regarded in the Los Angeles theatrical community. He is the recipient of Ovation Awards for directing Pacific Overtures and for directing and producing Sweeney Todd.
 He received numerous awards for direction, production and performance from Backstage West and Drama-Logue. He has directed 38 shows in an astonishingly prolific career. He has also been a playwright and lyricist (co-writing Nisei Widows Club, Canton Jazz Club, Beijing Spring). He is an adjunct professor at USC (his alma mater) and is co-director of the National Cultural Navigation Theater Project and co-chair of the LA County Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative. This fall, he will receive the Inner City Essence Award from Inner city Cultural Center.  His numerous honors include Tim Dang Day (L.A. City Council); Local Hero of the Year (KCET/Union Bank); Top 100 Asian Americans of the Decade (A. Magazine); Leadership Award (James Irvine Foundation); many, many more.
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Cast Members
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Tristen Kim

Asia Ring

Yeng Kong Thao

Chloe Madriaga

Cedric Ikaika Jonathan

Kurt Kanazawa

Melvin Biteng

On Shiu


A play by

Y York

Directed by

Tim Dang

Lighting Designer

Derek Jones

Set Designer

Tesshi Nakagawa

Costume Designer

Tanya Apuya

Sound Designer

Howard Ho


Emily Hopfauf

Hula Movement & Dialect Coach

Kelsey Chock

Fight Movement

Chloe Madriaga


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