A storytelling event performed live in various outdoor spaces and transmitted via headset.
Written and performed by Suzi Takahashi and inspired by events in her own life, "The Story Box" explores the importance of safeguarding our civil rights through the lens of Japanese-American identity, using traditional Japanese storytelling elements, like kamishibai theater, along with Takahashi’s own family history. Representing the relocation of Japanese Americans during WWII, the audience will receive a suitcase and a tag, inside of which is a wireless headset and a family photo album. Each unique family photo album documents an account of the problematic history of Asian people in the U.S., and more recently, the rise in anti-Asian violence during the pandemic. The show will be performed in outdoor spaces in each of the five boroughs.