So what is it like to be the daughter of an instantly recognizable, Academy-Award-winning, many times reincarnated, slightly wack-a-doodle spiritualist? I don’t know but I definitely intend to find out this weekend when the talented Sachi Parker gently wrests the limelight away from her celebrated mother, Shirley MacLaine and takes center stage. In her one-woman show, Lucky Me, Sachi finally has the chance to share her own story and on her own terms. And trust me, it’s a doozy involving astral travel, the mafia, clones and a lots of famous names.
The play chronicles Sachi’s unconventional life growing up between Tokyo and Malibu with plenty of intriguing stops along the way. Asked if she identifies as Japanese or American, Sachi says simply, “I’m both and neither. It’s all about cultural differences.” From the age of two, Parker was raised in Japan – largely by a Shinto nanny – at the home of her father, American businessman Steve Parker, and his Japanese mistress. Summers and school holidays were spent with her mother in the shadow of Hollywood so life was somewhat schizophrenic. “My Japanese side is very self-effacing and humble,” she says, which of course, begs the question, how does her American side manifest itself? The answer is complicated.
Many people may know Sachi from her best-selling memoir, Lucky Me: My Life With – and Without – My Mother written with Fred Stroppel, and released to great fanfare and a few raised eyebrows last year. But the impetus for the play came before the book and at a time when Sachi was experiencing a major transition in her personal life – divorce. “Sometimes Life looks you right in the face and a lot of questions come up that need to be answered.”
So the play was a type of therapy? “Yes,” Parker confirms, “I started off doing scenes that grew into the play and later, during our two-week run in New Haven, people kept coming up to me saying, ‘you have to write a book’ so I did. I collaborated with Fred.”
“Initially there was such huge fear for me,” she continues. “Why would my life be interesting to anybody I asked? And I was afraid of seeming indulgent.” But now Parker loves performing and finds the process of connecting with the audience both exhilarating and liberating. “Every time I perform, it’s different. Acting is like sailing. Yes, you go from A to B but you can navigate using a different route. Each performance is a process of discovery. And that fear I felt before? It’s been vanquished.”
The proceeds of all three performances of Lucky Me will be donated to the Theater Artists Workshop, a theater collective established in 1983.
For Tickets and further information: Theater Artists Workshop
or call (203) 854-6830
Tickets may also be purchased at the door
Friday, December 13 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 15 – 3:00 p.m.
THEATER ARTISTS WORKSHOP | 5 Gregory Blvd | Norwalk, CT 06855