Yohen Reading

About the Event: Yohen is one of a number of collaborations between UCLA and Robey Theatre Company called, Black Arts and Black Publics: Robey Theatre Company and the Continuum of Black Performance in Los Angeles. Set in Gardena in 1986, Yohen deals with a troublesome interracial marriage between an African American, James, and his Japanese war bride, named Sumi. Married for almost thirty-seven years with no children, the couple struggles to make sense of their lives as they find themselves reconciling and negotiating the ruptures that have torn them apart. Yohen was originally produced at Berkeley Repertory Theater in San Francisco and was later produced in Los Angeles by East West Players in collaboration with Robey Theatre Company.

Cheryl I. Harris

Chair UCLA Department of African American Studies


Zachary F. Price, Ph.D. Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow UCLA Department of African American Studies

Phillip Kan Gotanda's Yohen


Danny Glover Actor, Producer, Activist and Humanitarian


Karen Lew Actress

directed by

Yohen Reading

Ben Guillory Producing Artistic Director Robey Theatre Company

Saturday, May 30, 2015

James Bridges Theater UCLA Campus