AARP Sponsors East West Players’ “Takarazuka”

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Members receive $10 discount until Dec. 7.

Chifumi (Grace Yoo) and Yuko (Jannelle Dote) perform in the style of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in East West Players’ production of “Takarazuka!!!” (Photo by Michael Lamont)

Chifumi (Grace Yoo) and Yuko (Jannelle Dote) perform in the style of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in East West Players’ production of “Takarazuka!!!” (Photo by Michael Lamont)

WASHINGTON – AARP is a proud sponsor of “Takarazuka,” the latest production of East West Players, the nation’s premier Asian American theater company.

AARP is underwriting a special performance on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St. in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. AARP members receive a $10 discount on all performances until Sunday, Dec. 7.

“AARP is proud to support organizations and programs that reflect the culture and diversity of our members,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP vice president of multicultural markets and engagement, Asian American and Pacific Islander audience. “We applaud East West Players for producing artistic works and educational programs that portray the experience of Asian Americans age 50+ and congratulate them on their golden 50th anniversary season.”

In the production, Yuko is the top star of the Takarazuka, an all-female Japanese performance troupe that has put on lavishly staged spectacles for decades. Facing retirement, she begins to be haunted by the ghost of a former top star. Mysterious events happen at the theater as Yuko’s sayonara performance looms and a new star is set to rise to the top.

“We’re grateful to AARP for their ongoing and generous support,” said Tim Dang, EWP producing artistic director. “Our partnership has enabled us to continue to present works that entertain, enlighten, and resonate with our community.”

“Takarazuka” is directed by Leslie Ishii and choreographed by Cindera Che. The production features Fiona Cheung, Michael Hagiwara, Joseph Lim Kim, Klarissa Mesee, Joy Regullano, Janelle Toyomi-Dote, and Grace Yoo.

For reservations and more information, call (213) 625-7000 or visit www.eastwestplayers.org.

For more information about how AARP helps Asian American and Pacific Islander families get more out of life, visit www.AARP.org/AAPI, www.facebook.com/AARPAAPICommunity and www.twitter.com/AARPAAPI.

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