SPF 13: Sinkhole

Thursday, July 14th @ 8:00 PM PST
Written By Alison Minami
Directed By Margaret Shigeko Starbuck

When a giant sinkhole hits a small town in Florida, Paul, the prodigal son, goes missing. His sister Naomi believes he’s fallen into the hole, but his mother believes he’s used the hole to fake his own death, thereby shirking his obligations to the family-owned sushi restaurant. In his absence, the two must face themselves and each other. The play jumps back and forth between pre-sinkhole and post-sinkhole times as well as enters the liminal space where characters explore the hole itself.

Development and/or private table reads with Company of Angels, East West Players, The Cloud Factory, and Jennie Webb’s Next Draft Dramaturgy Workshop. SPF will be its first public reading.

Alison Minami is an LA based writer, performer, and educator. An MFA graduate of UC Riverside, she is a member of the playwrights labs at Company of Angels, East West Players, and the Road Theatre’s “Under Construction 3”. Her play Face to the Sun has had readings at the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation, East West Players, Victory Gardens Theater, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her play Dear Baby X was chosen for the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights’ New Works Reading in conjunction with East West Players. Her play Urban Scholars was a semi-finalist for the Ashland New Play Festival. Her one-act play Shizzy’s Story was produced by Enrichment Works and toured across LAUSD schools. She was a member of Playground LA, for which This is a Banana was selected for Season 6. Her storytelling can be heard on the Moth Radio Hour. She is a blogger for the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative.

Margaret is an LA-based theatre director and arts administrator. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director at Boston Court Pasadena where she leads community engagement and partnership initiatives. Recent directing projects include the world premiere Frankel & Bloom chamber musical We Three Sisters and Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Richard II with Method & Madness Theater Co., a classical theater company she co-founded. She has directed workshops and staged readings of new plays for Playwrights Union, EST/LA, the Road Theatre, Occidental College’s New Play Festival, SkyPilot, and Actor’s Circle Ensemble. Assistant directing credits include The Father at Pasadena Playhouse, Othello at A Noise Within, and The Heal at the Getty Villa, among others.


Naomi Yamamoto – Amy Kim Waschke
Paul Yamamoto – Jono Eiland
Haru Yamamoto – Sharon Omi
Edgar Martine – Merrick McCartha*
Henry Lynn – Kris Frost
Magda – Denise Blasor
Rachel – Carole Goldman*
Stage Directions – Christian Prentice*

*Road Company Member