(Linda Igarashi), Giorgio (Michael Dalager), Fosca (Jacqueline
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East West Players THEATER COMPANY IN LOS ANGELES begins
its 38th Anniversary Season with the haunting and intensely
emotional one-act chamber opera "Passion,"
book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Tim Dang, EWP's Artistic Director, will direct the musical's
Los Angeles premiere, with musical direction by Scott
(Linda Igarashi), Giorgio (Michael Dalager)
and Sondheim's "Passion", which is a unique
mix of serious drama and lovely, comedic, musical dance
scenes, earned four Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Set on a remote military outpost in 1863 Italy, this
play delves into the complicated but fascinating inner
workings of love as the handsome army captain Giorgio
(Michael Dalager), separated from his beautiful (but
married) mistress Clara (Linda Igarashi), is forced
to re-evaluate his beliefs about love when he becomes
the object of the obsessive, unrelenting passions of
Fosca (Jacqueline Kim), his Colonel's plain, sickly
Fosca's love obsession increases, Giorgio becomes increasingly
annoyed at her entreaties for attention. Finally, Giorgio
tells her directly that he is not in love with her,
and that he has a mistress in Milan.
spirals into a bottomless pit of depression from which
there seems no escape. The outpost's doctor asks Giorgio
to speak to her and he reluctantly agrees, realizing
that Fosca is not as insanely obsessed as he had originally
thought. In fact, she loves him and wants him to be
happy above all else, even if it means he will run back
to his mistress's arms. Needless to say, Giorgio is
taken aback by this.
(Jacqueline Kim), Giorgio (Michael Dalager)
Giorgi finds out that he is being permanently transferred
to Milan. But now Giorgio is uncertain about his lover
Clara, as Fosca has planted seeds of doubt about the
sincerity of her love. Fosca questions Giorgio about
the possibility that Clara would ever leave her husband
to be with him. Upon arriving in Milan, Giorgio asks
Clara this question. Her response and rationale propel
the play toward its climatic ending.
performances are in the David Henry Hwang Theater at
the Union Center for the Arts, located in Little Tokyo
at 120 Judge John Aiso Street (formerly San Pedro St.
between Temple and First Streets).
are Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Saturdays
and Sundays at 2 pm (no Saturday matinee on September
can be purchased Monday through Friday, 11 am - 5 pm
by calling (213) 625-7000 x20. Senior, student, and
group discounts are available.