Brenda Wong Aoki with Shoko Hikage


Aunt Lily’s Flower Book: One Hundred Years of Legalized Racism

Date and Time: Sat. May 27, 9:30PM | Sun. May 28, 2:00PM | Sat. June 3, 7:00PM
Duration: 75 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater

Post-Performance Q&A with Audience: Sunday, May 28, 3:30 PM

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50

Festival Pass

If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00


Featuring: Shoko Hikage on Koto
Writer-Storyteller: Brenda Wong Aoki
Koto Artist: Shoko Hikage
Lighting Design: Patty Ann Farrell
Set Designer: Kevin King 
Music Direction: Mark Izu
Production Manager: Heidi Varian

Artist Info

Work Sample


True tales of resilience: A grandfather who built the railroad, a father in the 442nd - his wife in Poston Internment Camp, aunts and uncles in Hiroshima, a gallon of ice cream, a violin and the birth of a movement. Family stories & memoirs woven with archival photographs and historic film clips written & performed by Brenda Wong Aoki with live music by Emmy Award winning composer & contra-bassist Mark Izu featuring koto master Shoko Hikage.

Artist Bio

Featuring the haunting eloquence of writer-performer Brenda Wong Aoki with the silk and iron tones of composer-contra bass player Mark Izu - artists in the vanguard of cultural metamorphosis. Their original story-dramas are rooted in Gagaku, Nohgaku, contemporary theater, personal story, history and legend. Izu is listed in The Grove Dictionary of Music as a seminal leader of Asian American Jazz. Aoki is the America’s first nationally recognized Asian American storyteller. Both Aoki and Izu come from founding families of San Francisco and San Jose J-towns, two of the three remaining Japantowns in the U.S. Their work has garnered multiple Hollywood-Dramalogue Awards, NEA Fellowships, Critic Circle Awards, INDIE Awards, Dramatist Guild, ASCAP awards and an Emmy. Shoko Hikage is an internationally renowned natori koto artist. All three artists continue to teach, tour and perform worldwide.
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