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Fire in the New World

Noir Mystery | World Premiere

Don’t miss this savvy detective caper that’s smart and fun with a dash of social commentary and plenty of sly intrigue! Sam Shikaze, hard-boiled private eye, fights crime in Vancouver’s Japantown in the years after WWII. This time he’s up against a big time developer intent on bulldozing the community and the New World Hotel. But when the developer’s beautiful Japanese American wife goes missing, it’s up to Sam to find her!

Written and directed by R.A. Shiomi, this world premiere is the third installment of Shiomi’s hit noir-style detective comedies featuring Sam Shikaze. The first play in the trilogy, Yellow Fever, has been produced Off-Broadway, across North America, and in Japan. The New York production received a rave review in the New York Times:

“As a playwright, Mr. Shiomi is his own crafty private investigator, making his points through indirection and with droll humor…. Mr. Shiomi’s Yellow Fever is so captivating that it makes one eager for further adventures of the inimitable Sam Shikaze.”  – Mel Gussow, The New York Times


Fire in the New World is recommended for ages 12 and up. If it were a movie, we would rate it PG-13. This hard-boiled detective caper contains gunshots and frank talk about anti-Asian racism. Imagine if Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade (of The Maltese Falcon) had lived through the Japanese internment camps of WWII and was fighting crime in the 1960s. That’s the world of Sam Shikaze, private eye!

Themes

  • While Americans may have learned about the tragedy of Japanese American internment camps during WWII, that may not be the case for similar treatment that occurred in Canada at the same time. Japanese Canadian playwright R. A. Shiomi utilizes this play to address the impacts of that discrimination and hate, while also telling an entertaining story. What impact do you think entertainment can have when addressing difficult moments in history?
  • The lead character, Sam Shikaze, was inspired by a real life person named Gordon Kadota, who Shiomi described as "a heroic outsider." What traits might a heroic outsider have, in your view?
Contains mature themes such as anti-Asian discrimination, racial slurs, and violence (including gunshots). Children should be 12 years of age or older to attend this performance.

Thursday, October 27 2022 at 7:30 pm

Historic Hamm Building

408 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102

In partnership with

Park Square Theatre

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

Childcare is available for those under the age of 12. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.

Additional Information

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Fire in the New World

Thursday, October 27 2022 at 7:30 pm

Historic Hamm Building

408 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102

In partnership with

Park Square Theatre

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

Childcare is available for those under the age of 12. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.

Noir Mystery | World Premiere

Don’t miss this savvy detective caper that’s smart and fun with a dash of social commentary and plenty of sly intrigue! Sam Shikaze, hard-boiled private eye, fights crime in Vancouver’s Japantown in the years after WWII. This time he’s up against a big time developer intent on bulldozing the community and the New World Hotel. But when the developer’s beautiful Japanese American wife goes missing, it’s up to Sam to find her!

Written and directed by R.A. Shiomi, this world premiere is the third installment of Shiomi’s hit noir-style detective comedies featuring Sam Shikaze. The first play in the trilogy, Yellow Fever, has been produced Off-Broadway, across North America, and in Japan. The New York production received a rave review in the New York Times:

“As a playwright, Mr. Shiomi is his own crafty private investigator, making his points through indirection and with droll humor…. Mr. Shiomi’s Yellow Fever is so captivating that it makes one eager for further adventures of the inimitable Sam Shikaze.”  – Mel Gussow, The New York Times


Fire in the New World is recommended for ages 12 and up. If it were a movie, we would rate it PG-13. This hard-boiled detective caper contains gunshots and frank talk about anti-Asian racism. Imagine if Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade (of The Maltese Falcon) had lived through the Japanese internment camps of WWII and was fighting crime in the 1960s. That’s the world of Sam Shikaze, private eye!

Themes

  • While Americans may have learned about the tragedy of Japanese American internment camps during WWII, that may not be the case for similar treatment that occurred in Canada at the same time. Japanese Canadian playwright R. A. Shiomi utilizes this play to address the impacts of that discrimination and hate, while also telling an entertaining story. What impact do you think entertainment can have when addressing difficult moments in history?
  • The lead character, Sam Shikaze, was inspired by a real life person named Gordon Kadota, who Shiomi described as "a heroic outsider." What traits might a heroic outsider have, in your view?
Contains mature themes such as anti-Asian discrimination, racial slurs, and violence (including gunshots). Children should be 12 years of age or older to attend this performance.

Additional Information

This play takes place in Vancouver in the 1940s. Here is a short video about the discrimination Japanese Canadians experienced in that era: