What an incredible birthday month it has turned out to be!
You Say What! storytellers and host
(L to R) Roy Cruz, Jon White, Miyo Yamauchi, Frank Traynor, Martine Brousse, Lichelli Lazar-Lea

Our much-anticipated production, “You Say What!” was a resounding success at the Santa Monica Playhouse, as part of their Binge Fringe Festival (BFF). The inspiration for this show stemmed from my solo performance, “How To Be Japanese: Your Normal Is Not My Normal.” The idea of incorporating diverse perspectives from immigrant storytellers quickly materialized into a fantastic lineup featuring Martine Brousse (France), Roy Cruz (the Philippines), Lichelli Lazar-Lea (the U.K.), and Frank Traynor (Argentina). Our stories covered a wide array of topics, ranging from the American dream to healthcare and immigration. In addition, we had the pleasure of having Jon White as our charming host, making it the proverbial icing on the cake.

The enthusiasm and commitment of each storyteller were evident as they brought their A-game to the stage. The audience’s response was overwhelmingly warm and positive, making this a truly remarkable experience.

The refreshment table, thoughtfully curated by the Santa Monica Playhouse, featured an assortment of snacks and toys representing each country. It was a hit with the attendees!


The excitement didn’t stop there. Just three days later, I had the opportunity to perform at the Moth LA SLAM Showcase, a groundbreaking event as it marked their first showcase in Los Angeles. What set it apart was the absence of competition and judges, a format I appreciate. Due to my schedule conflict, I rarely have the chance to attend Moth SLAM events, so being invited was a stroke of extreme luck.

Tom Bradley Theatre
Image: Locations, Inc from latinotheaterco.org

The event took place in the exquisite Tom Bradley Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, where an enthusiastic audience gathered to immerse themselves in beautiful music and a series of captivating stories. The night took on a magical quality, and what made it even more special was the presence of so many familiar faces among the audience.

Friends, thank you for your continuous support!

Miyo standing with the Moth logo in background

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