Julie Tamiko manning's


October 10th – 22nd, 2023
Segal Centre (5170 Chem. de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine)

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.

Mizushōbai was developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.


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Getting here

Cast and creative team

Yoshié Bancroft
Mama Kay

Hanako Brierley

Brenda Kamino

Katelyn Morishita
Enemy Alien Kiyo

Dawn Obokata
Okiyo San

Julie Tamiko Manning

Yvette Nolan

Mayumi Ide-Bergeron
Costume Designer

Jawon Kang
Set Designer

Christine Lee
Sound Designer

Zoe Roux
Lighting Designer

AJ Korkidakis
Graphic Designer

Emma Tibaldo

Chad Dembski
Stage Manager

Andrew Scriver
Production Manager and Technical Director

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