teruko & titi (dog) · Ages 18+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere

WINNER – CRITICS’ CHOICE ENCORE (CINCY FRINGE FESTIVAL), WINNERTHE BEST SOLO SHOW, WINNERTHE SPLASH AWARD, WINNERTHE BEST ONE PERSON SHOW (LA THEATRE BITE AWARD), WINNERPICK OF THE FRINGE, WINNERTHE HOLLYWOOD ENCORE PRODUCERSAWARD, WINNERHOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL SCHOLARSHIP, GREAT SHOW – LA THEATRE BITES, OUR TOP TENSTAGE RAW. MADE IN AMERICA is a funny yet shockingly raw autobiography written and performed by Japanese born artist Teruko Nakajima. She flees her homeland to escape a life filled with physical and emotional abuse. She tries surviving in America by becoming a Dominatrix, salsa dancer, and night club madame. But as the pressures in this new world overwhelm her, Teruko must learn to love herself before her own trauma destroys her. MADE IN AMERICA is a brutally honest, surprisingly entertaining, and heartbreakingly life-affirming love letter to the human experience. It’s a story for women, Asians, first-generation immigrants, and anyone who is fighting to make their dreams come true. It shines a necessary light on the tragedies of domestic violence, mental health, child abuse, sexual assault, and suicide. But ultimately provides inspiration to anyone who suffers and needs help. Her dog Titi performs too. MADE IN AMERICA received tremendous accolades at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022. Winner: Best Solo Show, Solo Splash Award, Best One Person Show (LA Theatre Bite Award), Pick of the Fringe, The Hollywood Encore Producers’ Award, and Hollywood Fringe Festival Scholarship. MADE IN AMERICA is “Top-Ten Pick” – STAGE RAW, “Great Show” – LA Theatre Bites, “Teruko Nakajima and her genius storytelling abilities about her otherworldly life should be the very next thing you see. Believe me, you will never see anything quite like this show.” – NoHo Arts, “The original shocking riveting one woman piece tugs at your heart, makes you laugh and probably will move you to tears.” – Discover Hollywood, “This is a play which will intrigue, delight, entertainment, and grip you.” – Splash Magazine, “There was a freedom exuding from Teruko that made me in awe: a freedom that only comes from finding ways to continue out of the dark into the light.” – LA Female Playwright Initiative. Directed by John Flynn Performed by Teruko Nakajima & Titi (her dog)

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Production Team

susan song *


matthew robinson *

scholarship mentor

matthew quinn *

encore producer

matt chait *

extension producer

david haverty *

master videographer/photographer

darren lee cole *

soho playhouse producer

* Fringe Veteran