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AARP sponsors East West Players’ Nisei Widows Club

“Do we get an AARP discount?” (from left) Tui Asau as hula teacher Kimo, Emily Kuroda as Hana, June Kyoko Lu as Betty, Takayo Fischer as Sumi, and Jeanne Sakata as Tomi in East West Players’ The Nisei Widows Club: How Tomi Got Her Groove Back. Photo Credit: Michael Lamont.

“Do we get an AARP discount?” (from left) Tui Asau as hula teacher Kimo, Emily Kuroda as Hana, June Kyoko Lu as Betty, Takayo Fischer as Sumi, and Jeanne Sakata as Tomi in East West Players’ The Nisei Widows Club: How Tomi Got Her Groove Back. Photo Credit: Michael Lamont.

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 9, 2013 – AARP proudly sponsored “Nisei Widows Club: How Tomi Got Her Groove Back,” a production of East West Players, the nation’s premiere Asian American theater company, in Los Angeles, California.

“Nisei Widows Club: How Tomi Got Her Groove Back” was the third and final installment of a comic trilogy following the lives of a group of widowed Nisei (“second generation”) women who only have each other in the face of loss and the search for love in their golden years. Written by Betty Tokudani (a pseudonym for co-writers Dang, Marilyn Tokuda and Denise Iketani) and directed by Amy Hill, the show concluded a successful 4-week run on Sunday, December 8.

“AARP is proud to partner with organizations like East West Players that play a critical role in reflecting the richness of diversity in communities where our members live and work,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Engagement.  “AARP seeks to support stories that reflect and improve the lives of all people aged 50 and older.”

“Thanks to the generous support of sponsors like AARP, East West Players continues to produce artistic works and educational programs that introduce audiences to Asian American Pacific Islander experiences,” said Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director of East West Players.

AARP also sponsored the Sunday, December 1 performance providing complimentary tickets to the Asian American community of Los Angeles.

The production reunited the original four “Nisei Widows” actresses: Takayo Fischer as Sumi, Emily Kuroda as Hana, June Kyoko Lu as Betty, Jeanne Sakata as Tomi. The play also introduced Tui Asau as Kimo the hula teacher. The production was part of East West Players’ 48th Anniversary Season.About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more atwww.aarp.org

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