ShowBizzBuzz: Anzu Lawson Discovers Herself in Celebrated Solo Show ‘Dear Yoko’
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Based on her own life, actress and creator Anzu Lawson reveals the lasting impact of the iconic Japanese-American Yoko Ono on her personal journey in the solo show Dear Yoko. The acclaimed show heads to the Binge Fringe Festival on November 9, 2019 and then to SoloFest in 2020.
What is the premise of Dear Yoko?
The show is described as: unveiling the personal history of multi-generational racism and non-acceptance as a young Asian girl growing up in white-washed America and patriarchal Japan. This emotionally-charged intimate story reveals how the iconic Japanese-American artist, singer and peace activist, Yoko Ono, lead Lawson to discover how to finally live her life authentically.
Directed and developed with award-winning director Jessica Lynn Johnson, this is a tale of domestic violence, suicidal ideations, drug addiction and unreported Hollywood sexual harassment experiences that went on for far too long.
What else do we know about Dear Yoko?
This isn’t the first time Anzu has portrayed Yoko Ono. She earned a Best Actress nomination at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival in a related project. In addition, she created the screenplay and music for the original rock movie musical Dear John, Why Yoko?, which she is continuing to develop under her Happy Hapa Films production banner.
Where else have you seen Anzu Lawson?
Anzu is recognized for her role as Ashley Kim on the popular NBC series, Chicago Med; along with roles on The Blacklist, Fuller House, NCIS: Los Angeles, Ray Donovan, CSI: Cyber, Mom, and The Young & the Restless. On the big screen, Anzu notably starred with Viggo Mortensen in Frank Cappello’s action drama film, American Yakuza.
What is Anzu Lawson’s background?
Originally from Southern California, Anzu moved to Tokyo at age 14 to pursue a modeling career. While there, she discovered her talents as a singer-songwriter and topped the Japanese Billboard charts becoming a teen J-Pop star with a #1 hit and three successful albums. After moving back to Los Angeles, Anzu took her vocal talents to the movies and was commissioned to write a song for the feature film No Way Back starring Russell Crowe. She also voiced several Hans Zimmer’s and Harry Gregson-Williams movie soundtracks, including The Chronicles of Narnia, Spygame, DaVinci Code and Sinbad.
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