The Play

More about the project


As a general rule, stories of internment have not been passed down and remain largely untold in Japanese Canadian families.  When we sat down in formal interview with our elders, we were asking for and hearing these stories for the first time; our life-long curiosities were finally being satisfied and the murky picture of our families’ past – our legacy – was finally being fleshed out.  

The Nisei themselves were ALL reluctant at first, but what was promised to be half hour interviews almost always extended to two-hour sessions. The stories collected are touching, often humorous and continue to inspire a great pride and admiration for our elders

The Tashme Project’s first full production was presented in May 2015 at The MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and produced by Tashme Productions in association with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. The script for The Tashme Project: The Living Archives was created and developed in collaboration with Playwrights' Workshop Montréal. Additional development support has been provided by the Powell Street Festival Society, The MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and Soulpepper’s Tiger Bamboo Festival.


Julie Tamiko Manning & Matt Miwa, Performers

Mike Payette, Director

Mieko Ouchi, Original Direction

George Allister & Patrick Andrew Boivin, Video Design 

Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sound Design 

Tristynn Duheme, Technical Director 

Isabel Quintero Faia, Stage Manager 

Rebecca Harper, Movement Dramaturg

James Lavoie, Set & Costume Design

Laurence Mongeau, Assistant Set & Costume Design

David Perreault Ninacs, Lighting Design 

Jon Cleveland, Head LX

June Park & Itai Erdai, Production Photos

Adam Gibbard, Graphic Design