In 1937 Tokyo, a celebrated Benshi finds his livelihood as a silent film narrator threatened by the Talkies. Against all odds, a Japanese film star pursues her fortune in Hollywood.
In CLUB DIAMOND, performer Saori Tsukada interweaves these stories, transforming from a modern New Yorker into the aspiring star of the ‘20s, and finally to the Benshi as he struggles to survive as a street performer a decade later under the US Occupation of Japan.
With hand-crafted illustrations, black and white film by Nikki Appino, and a lush score composed and performed by Tim Fain, CLUB DIAMOND is a wholly original, multi-layered take on the modern immigration tale. www.clubdiamond.org
Created by Nikki Appino and Saori Tsukada, Club Diamond had its world premiere at the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater this past January. It was developed in part at the Sundance TheaterMakers Lab and at the Sundance Lab at MassMoca.
“Combines powerful film imagery with imaginative live performance and a stunning contribution by the violinist Tim Fain”. – Light and Sound America
“Exhilarating and heartbreaking…an unconventional approach that incorporates film, music, unique props and costuming, with little dependence on the English language. Club Diamond is profound, nuanced and thematically riveting”. – Carol e Di Tosti Theater Pizzazz
Photo credits: Ethan Lewis, Leyna Marika Papach, Kathryn Raines