Velina Hasu Houston's Tea uses history and poetic writing to weave a drama about Japanese "war brides" living in Kansas.
The story of two single mothers - one Japanese, the other Appalachian - who struggle to raise their mixed-race children in a Chicago tenement. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring Lira Angel as Penny, Takayo Fischer as Grandmother/Others, Lynn Hamilton as Momma Rainey, John Herzog as Judge/Others, Lyvingston Holmes as Mrs. Ellis, Dorothy Lyman as Jean, Jeanne Mori as Mariko, Gina Ravarra as Tami, Monte Russell as Terrence/Others, and Brenda Varda as Donna/Barbara.
A young divorcee named Keiko moves from Hiroshima to America to start a new life with her ambitious husband. But when he takes a mistress and leaves her, Keiko takes drastic and irreversible actions to preserve her dignity and that of her children.