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Woman Warrior

Woman Warrior by Connie Shirakawa

Event Type
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Dec 2, 2023   3:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
Asian American Studies

Connie Shirakawa reflects on four generations of women in her family—their history in America and how they coped with discrimination and displacement with their grit, wit, and tenacity.

  • Written and performed by Connie Shirakawa
  • Directed by Sharon Evans
  • Post-performance discussion with Nikkeijin Illinois curator Jason Finkelman
  • Reception to follow

Born and raised on Chicago’s west side, Shirakawa worked as an ad writer and fundraiser before beginning a career in storytelling. Shirakawa has performed at The Chicago History Museum, Goodman Theatre, 2nd Story, Free Street Theatre, Lifeline Theatre Fillet of Solo, Backroom Stories, and This Much is True. Recently, her story “Knock Knock” was featured on NPR's Snap Judgment/Spooked podcast.


Sharon Evans, director, was Artistic Director of Live Bait Theater in Chicago, from 1987 to 2008. During her tenure Live Bait Theater created over 200 world premieres and was nominated for over 50 Jeff awards, predominately in the category of new work. In 1995 Evans premiered “Fillet of Solo” a solo works festival that went on for 12 seasons before moving to Lifeline Theater. Evans is currently working as an instructor with Goodman Theater’s GeNarrations, in the Homan Square/Lawndale community.


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