Well-known storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki of San Francisco will be featured in a special performance at 7 p.m. tonight, Saturday, May 30, in the Main Salt Lake City Library, 209 E. 500 South.
A nationally recognized solo theater artist, storyteller, singer and actress whose dramatic presentations synthesize Kyogen & Noh (Japanese traditional theater), Aoki will perform "Uncle Gunjiro's Girlfriend."It is an original production based on the true story of her grand-uncle's experiences at the turn of the century.
Aoki's published plays include "Random Acts of Kindness," "Obake!" "Some Japanese Ghosts," "Tales of the Pacific Rim," and "The Queen's Garden," which won four 1992 Dramalogue awards and a San Diego Critics Circle Award. Her 1997 work, "Mermaid," premiered with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.
She has been awarded commissions and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Asian Art Museum.
Her debut album with composer/musician Mark Izu, "Dreams and Illusions: Tales of the Pacific Rim," won the NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors) best spoken word album of 1990.