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SCR Announces Premiere of tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee on the Julianne Argyros Stage, March 8-29, 2015

COSTA MESA, Calif.—Today South Coast Repertory announced that it will produce the world premiere of tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee, March 8-29, 2015. Bart DeLorenzo will direct the play on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are available at

tokyo fish story takes you inside the ritual of sushi-making. It’s the story of Koji, a Sushi Master with an undying love for his art. But his restaurant is declining while the new place down the street keeps packing them in. Takashi represents the younger generation—a brilliant protégé, but too respectful to display his talent, despite the urgings of his assistant, Nobu, and punked-out Ana, who’s trying to make her way in a man’s world. Generations, gender and tradition collide in this quiet play with a big heart, a touch of poetry, a hint of mystery—and just the right amount of enticing comedy.

Lee’s plays include fight and brownsville song (b-side for tray), which premiered at the 2014 Humana Festival and also will receive 2014-15 productions at LCT3, Long Wharf Theatre and Philadelphia Theatre Company. In 2014, Center Theatre Group presented the world premiere of her play different words for the same thing, directed by Neel Keller. Her work has been presented by Lark Play Development Center, Page 73, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), Magic Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference and Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. Lee is a Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, 2014-15: member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab; and she currently is under commission at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company and Hartford Stage. Lee is the recipient of the 2014 Ruby Prize, the 2013-14 PoNY Fellowship and the 2014-15 Aetna New Voices Fellowship. She earned her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.

At South Coast Repertory, DeLorenzo last directed the world premiere of Carla Ching’s Fast Company.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

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Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run March 8-29, 2015. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced preview performances run March 8-12. 

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday-Thursday, March 10-12, 7:45 p.m.
      Note: Friday, March 13, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special notes: There are no Monday performances. There is no evening performance on Sunday, March 29.

  • Evenings:
    • Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28 at 7:45 p.m.
    • Tuesday-Friday, March 17-20 and March 24-27 at 7:45 p.m.
  • Matinees:
    • Saturdays-Sundays, March 14-15, March 21-22, and March 28-29 at 2 p.m.
  • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions: Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18. Discuss the play with cast members of tokyo fish story during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Julianne Argyros Stage.

  • Inside the Season: Saturday, March 21 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR's production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of tokyo fish story. The event includes a guided tour of the set. Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Upcoming Productions: Venus in Fur, Oct. 5-26; Zealot, Oct. 17-Nov. 16; Charlotte's Web, Nov. 7-23; and A Christmas Carol (the 35th Anniversary), Nov. 28-Dec. 27.  More information is available online:

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.