Upcoming free events at the Sierra Madre Playhouse 

The Sierra Madre Playhouse is scheduling four free public events in connection with its Los Angeles premiere production of the play Nothing Is the Same. The play, written by Y York and directed by Tim Dang, concerns the lives of four Hawaiian youths following the events at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

These free public events will precede Sunday matinees of the play Nothing Is the Same. The play is set on the island of Oahu, Hawaii in December 1941 and the months that follow. Four Hawaiian youths, of Filipino, Korean, and Japanese ancestry, cope with the impact that the raid on Pearl Harbor has on their community and their friendships.

FREE- Sunday, Jan. 21 at 1:00 p.m. at Sierra Madre Playhouse: Home, Heartbreak and Hope: Reflections on the Japanese-American Experience in Sierra Madre and the San Gabriel Valley. A panel discussion moderated by best-selling mystery author Naomi Hirahara and featuring poet Amy Uyematsu , and Dr. Mitchell Maki, President of the Go For Broke National Education Center in Los Angeles. At Sierra Madre Playhouse.

FREE- Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1:00 p.m. (directly west of the Sierra Madre Playhouse): Hula in the Street! Location: on the block of Auburn Street just north of West Sierra Madre Boulevard in the City of Sierra Madre.  The talented dancers of  Hula Halau Na Mamo O Pana'ewa (http://www.hhnmop.com) honor the hula tradition of Hawaii in a gesture of Aloha to the City of Sierra Madre and the talented cast and creative team of the play Nothing is the Same prior to the Sunday matinee of the play . Weather permitting, the public is invited to watch a mini recital of costumed dancers in the street next to the Playhouse.  Should it rain, the hula will be on the stage of the Playhouse.  Starts at 1 and concludes at 1:40.  Patrons wishing to use the parking lot behind the Playhouse should approach the lot from north of Sierra Madre Blvd because of the block long closure at West  Sierra Madre Boulevard and Auburn Ave.

FREE- Sunday, Feb. 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sierra Madre Playhouse: Hawaii "Try It"- mini workshops exploring the cultural contributions of the Philippines, Korea, and native Hawaiians to the Aloha spirit of Hawaii the setting for Nothing is the Same. Try a craft, learn a dance step, make a flower accessory, taste a Hawaiian treat at stations in and around the Playhouse.  This event focuses on Filipino, Korean and Hawaiian native culture in hands on activities.

FREE- Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sierra Madre Elementary School: Tour of the Japanese Goodwill Garden - 141 W. Highland Ave. (at Auburn St.), Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Tea and Japanese tea snacks will be availablefor purchase. In the early 1930s, when a new elementary school was built at Highland Avenue and Auburn Street, the parents in the sizeable Japanese community of Sierra Madre created a Japanese Garden to thank the city for welcoming their children. During World War II the garden was covered over with dirt and converted to a Victory Garden. In the 1990s because of the curiosity of students, and through the guidance of faculty, and the talents and generosity of the Japanese community, the garden was restored. This unique and historical element on a public school campus is rarely open for weekend tours. See the garden and hear about its history at this free event 2 blocks from the Sierra Madre Playhouse.


Nothing Is the Same will be a ticketed event: It is a play by Y York, directed by Tim Dang and produced by Estelle Campbell and Christian Lebano for the Sierra Madre Playhouse. It opens Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 and Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8:00 p.m. (Show is double-cast and will have two opening nights.) Thereafter, every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. through March 4. Also, Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 24 and Mar. 3. Admission:  General $30.  Seniors (65+) $27 / Youth (20 and under) $20. Reservations: (626) 355-4318. Online ticketing: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org

The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. This is just east of Pasadena. There is ample free parking in a lot behind the Playhouse.

By Dena Burroughs  --  Jan. 13, 2018