SEASON 30 | January 2018
893 | Ya-ku-za
By Daria Miyeko Marinelli
Directed by kt shorb and Jesus I. Valles
Presented by The VORTEX and The Generic Ensemble Company
The way to make a person make a decision is to convince everyone around them / Maybe that's what I'm doing / I said win, Aya, not kill
Set over the course of a business lunch in a Japanese restaurant somewhere in the United States, 893 | Ya-ku-za follows Aya's bid to become the first female member of the infamous Japanese crime syndicate. Exploring themes of ambition, power, and loyalty, 893 | Ya-ku-za asks what it means to be first and what we're willing to do to get there.
Mia King and kt shorb.
Fight Choreography by Chris Tacderas. Lighting Design by Aaron Curry. Costume Design by Jana Zek. Scenic Design by Iman Corbani, Sound Design by Jess O'Rear, Stage Management by Margaret Jumonville.
about The Generic Ensemble Company
GenEnCo makes the invisible visible through bold, socially relevant, body-centered theatre. www.genenco.org. GenEnCo's The Mikado: Reclaimed was nominated for two B. Iden Payne Awards, receiving the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Musical Theatre).
kt shorb’s work has won multiple FronteraFest "Best of Fest," and been shown at the Menil Collection, the Pulitzer Foundation, and in many venues across Texas. They are an invited member of the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation.
"...As profound as it is heartrending."
--Orange Magazine on Generic Ensemble Company's The Mikado: Reclaimed
“…Ambitious, timely, and vitally important…”—Austin American-Statesman on Generic Ensemble Company’s Robin Hood: An Elegy
"I love what kt shorb does and how she does it, both onstage and off. Whatever she is up to is not to be missed." –Anne Bogart, Artistic Director – SITI Company
Funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.