60 Seconds With… Karter Masuhara, emerging Producer of ‘Before They Cut Down Our Tree’

We speak with Karter Masuhara, producer and emerging writer behind ‘Before They Cut Down Our Tree’. In our latest blog, we learn about the themes you can expect in this new play.

Briefly introduce yourself/your company…
My name is Karter Masuhara, producing this play through my production company, J to K Productions. I’m a non-binary emerging playwright and this is the first time my play will be staged.

What is it that makes your work/company unique?
My play explores themes of friendship, loss, queer and Asian identity, and womenhood. Inspiration for this play came from a personal experience of a broken friendship and meeting up with them years later and realizing how much the two of us have changed and are unrecognizable to each other. As this idea formed I knew I wanted to provide representation to both Asian identity and queer identity as these are intersections of my own identity that I do not often see represented in stories that make it to the stage.

What kind of experience do you hope audiences will have during your show?
I hope audiences will feel a sense of nostalgia and reflect on past friendships and what those friendships meant to them
Without spoilers, tell us what you think audiences will remember most about your show?
I think they’ll remember the tree as the central image of the show.

What do you think is the best thing about Fringe?
I think the community that’s created and the chance to celebrate so many artists

What is the most important thing you hope audiences will take away from your show?
I hope that audience take away the fact that while the show is bittersweet, it’s also hopeful, and that with every ending it’s the start of something new.

Tickets for Before They Cut Down Our Tree are on sale now, taking place at Performance Works from 7 – 17 Sep. Book your spot today for just $16 per person!


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