By Malie US Bifc
The story took place in 1933, one year after Siamese Revolution. The nation had undergone major changes in the political system.
Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew as Nopporn, a 22 years old young Thai student. Nopporn was quite bored with life and was looking for some excitement. He was quite a progressive person. When the campaign to modernize Thailand began, Nopporn said “Yes!”.
He had a chance to go and study in Japan, which during that time Japan was the most modernized nation in Asia. Nopporn not only in love with modernization, he was also in love with America. He wanted so much to become an American that he would try very hard to forget about his Thai root. While he was a student in Japan, he met Katherine, a wife of a Thai Diplomat. Nopporn fell head over heel in love with Katherine to the point of obsession. Nopporn did not only fell head over heel in love with Katherine, he was also in love with America.
Jill Paice as Katherine, a 35 years old American woman married Chao Kun Atikarn, a Siamese Diplomat to Japan who was 30 years older than she was. She was a good wife to Chao Kun… until when she met Nopporn.
Katherine told Nopporn…”you have a beautiful tradition and culture… you should look at it again and look deeply”… Their love affair somehow made him look back to the beauty of his root and turn to appreciate it even more.
The original story: Kirati was a 35 years old Thai woman who never met real love in her life. She was considered an old maid. She married Chao Kun just for the sake of getting married. Chao kun was actually her father’s friend.
Hannah Florence as Pree – as Nopporn’s wife.
Thom Sesma as Chao Khun Atikarn, a 65 years old man, a widower with two adult children. He is a Thai diplomat in foreign service. He married Katherine, an American woman 30 years younger than he is. In his professional life, he is a man of powerful eminence; in his personal life, he is scared, shy, and confused and it’s because he knows that he cannot make his young wife happy.
Brooke Ishibashi as Nuan who is Chao-Kun’s devoted and long time family servant. She holds firmly to Thai traditions and culture, including status. Her devotion to Chao-Kun is tested by his new young American wife; through the course of the play, they find mutual respect and affection.
Karl Josef as Santi, one of Nopporn’s friends. Santi is fun and lively man. He studies to become a banker.
Kennedy Kanagawa as Surin, another one of Nopporn’s friends… he is a little heavy, funny and loves to eat. He studies to become an entrepreneur.
Steven Eng as a Japanese Foreign Minister; a rigid man, yet very well mannered in a diplomatic way. He does not like America because he is afraid that America plans to take over Asia.
Kimiko Glenn as Kumiko, a pretty Japanese woman; a modern university student, a New Yorker. Kumiko is lively, energetic, and can be considered outrageous compared to other traditional Japanese women.