TEA, WITH MUSIC

Book and lyrics by Velina Hasu Houston
Music by Nathan Wang

Four women come together to clean the house of a fifth after her tragic suicide upsets the balance of life in their small Japanese immigrant community in the middle of the Kansas heartland. The spirit of the dead woman returns as a ghostly ringmaster to force the women to come to terms with the disquieting tension of their lives and find common ground so that she can escape from the limbo between life and death, and move on to the next world in peace—and indeed carve a pathway for their future passage. Adapted from Houston’s successful play of the same name. (5f)