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Nikki Appino & Saori Tsukada with Tim Fain (USA)


Thursday, January 5 - Monday, January 9

This performance contains the use of haze.

The Public: Martinson Hall

Members and Partners: $20
Non-Members: $25 + fees

Running Time: 60 minutes

Performed in English and Japanese.

Photo by Leyna Marika Papach

1937 Tokyo—An American silent film about a Japanese immigrant is live-narrated by a celebrated Benshi whose existence is being threatened by the impending arrival of the talkies. Ten years later, he will survive under US occupation as a street performer, desperately attempting to finish this story. Admiration and resistance, dreams and survival, Club Diamond is a modern take on the immigration tale. 

Nikki Appino is an award-winning theatre and filmmaker. Saori Tsukada has been described as a “charismatic mover” (Backstage) and a “startlingly precise dancer” (New York Times). Club Diamond was developed in collaboration with violinist Tim Fain. 

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All orders subject to $3 per ticket service fee and $1.50 per ticket facility fee. There is a $5 fee for UTR packs. Service fees for single tickets are waived at the Box Office window. All fees are waived for Public Theater Members and Partners. Plays, titles, actors, directors, and performance dates and times are subject to change. All sales are final, no refunds or cancellations.

Created by Nikki Appino & Saori Tsukada
with Composer Tim Fain

Featuring Saori Tsukada (Performer) and Tim Fain (Violinist)


Director Nikki Appino
Composer Tim Fain

Artistic Consultant Andrew Kircher 

Lighting Design Ayumu Poe Saegusa

Dramaturg Janice Paran

Live Sound Mix Dan Bora
Stage Manager Amy Ehrenberg
Technical Design Jorge Cousineau
Artwork Saori Tsukada
Assistant Lighting Design Andrew Trent
Production Assistant India Abbott
Prop Assistant Alicia Crosby


Director of Photography Cathy Lee Crane
Director, Editor Nikki Appino

Composer Tim Fain
Mixing Engineer Dan Bora
Flutist Alex Sopp
Recording Engineer Michael Riesman
Recording Assistant Alex Weston
Visual Effects Jorge Cousineau
Gaffer Austin LoCicero
Wardrobe Courtney Fusselman
Ist Assistant Camera Charles Woodard
Production Manager Joey Dicamillo
Set/Props Kayla McQuade, Kevin Cook
Grips Ethan Lewis, Ian Neisser
Drawings Saori Tsukada
Model Maker Catalina Martinez
VO John Rose