Clare Fuyuko Bierman

Did Yoko Ono really break up The Beatles? Could Gloria Abe Chapman have saved John Lennon? Why do these egotistical white guys always marry Asians? These questions keep Ruby Okamoto up at night, and she needs answers.

In Yoko’s Husband’s Killer’s Japanese Wife, Gloria, five Asian American women are summoned into Ruby’s fantastical dreamscape. Here, subconscious thoughts manifest as real-life rockstars and movie monsters. They journey, dream, and address the hard-to-define-but-definitely-there connection between Asians in America.

  • Currently in development. Additional materials available on request.
  • June 2023 (forthcoming) — 15-hour reading with the Civilians' R&D Group
  • December 2022 — selected as semifinalist for O'Neill National Music Theater Conference
  • November 2022 — 29-hour reading at Playwright's Horizons in New York, NY
  • October 2022 — joined the Civilians' R&D Group
  • June 2022 — table reading at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, WA
  • May 2021 — commissioned by the 5th Avenue Theatre's First Draft program

Lead Vocals by Rheanna Atendido, Emy Coligado, and Sara Porkalob.

A few memories from our November 2022 reading below. Images by Eric Fernandez.

Cast: Ashley Chiu, Brooke Ishibashi, Emy Coligado, Lydia Gaston,
Minji Kim, Rheanna Atendido, U.J. Mangune.

Director: Sara Porkalob, Music Director: Steven Tran, Guitarist: Tonie Nguyen,
Stage Manager: Malie Fujii, Production Assistant: Non Kuramoto,
Associate Director of New Works: Neen Williams-Teramachi