A Thousand Thanks: The Gift of Sadako and Her Cranes
In this original show with music, I use magic, story, and song to explore Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr.
I first encountered the book as a child in the library, and in the show I share how Sadako and the gift of her courage changed the little half-Japanese-American boy I was. In the process, the audience learns how 12-year-old Sadako, stricken with leukemia from the bombing of Hiroshima, follows a tradition of folding a thousand paper cranes to be granted a wish. The show draws upon and honors as well the September 2018 publication of The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki by Sadako’s brother Masahiro Sasaki and was developed with support from 4Culture.
By Heart: A Celebration of Words, Magic, and Memory
In this original solo performance, I combine poetry, magic, and story to explore how poets and poetry sing memory alive, join past, present, and future, and reveal the inner truths of our hearts.
One might describe this show as a theatrical journey for adults that uses words and illusion to make the invisible visible and the unsayable sayable. I want to share what I know about the inner experience of poetry and how it helps us remember who we are. This is magic for adults about the real magic that can happen when we listen to our hearts.
First Fridays at May Kitchen + Bar
I’m honored to perform my poet’s magic tableside at May Kitchen + Bar during Vashon’s First Friday Gallery Cruise each month.
“We wanted to offer a performing art for First Fridays,” May Kitchen’s May Chaleoy recently explained to the Vashon Beachcomber. “We’re thrilled to have Thomas do what he does. Every time he comes in, he wows our guests, not just with his magic, but with his artistry and presence.”
Dinner service is from 5:00pm until 10:00pm.
Reservations are recommended as tables tend to fill up.