In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

Based on the book by Bette Bao Lord and Adapted for the stage by Mark Branner

The Show

Adapted from an award-winning novel, this play is the touching story of a young girl and her family moving from China to the United States in 1947. Told through humor, language and a rich multi-media staging, the play celebrates the bravery and sacrifice of those who bring new perspectives to our country.


Across the Country

This HTY production will tour across the United States to over 20 different communities from Kansas to Conneticut, Florida to California.  We are deeply honored that Mrs. Lord has entrusted us to share this story and that so many communities are interested in this story.

Mahalo to everyone who will welcome HTY to their community and a big bon voyage to team on the road!

This Page

HTY has created a series of educational materials, videos and more for your use before and after the performance.    

Show information

Educational resources

Video Preview


Partners and Funders

Order Tickets/Book a Show

The show will be touring nationally for the 2022-2023 season with a run at Tenney in January 2023. Click for more specific dates and details.

Educational Resources

We have a lot of resources and materials connected to this show and will be adding more and more as the run continues.  Thank you for your patience as we put these together and get them ready for you.

Production Credits

Based on the Novel by Bette Bao Lord

Adapted by Mark Branner

Tour Team


Qiaoer Zheng (Fall 2022)

Melody Lou (Spring 2023)

Emily Wright

Stage Manager/Tour Manager

Sarah Danvers


Holden Arts & Associates





Honolulu Team


Qiaoer Zheng 

Emily Wright

Stage Manager/Lighting Designer

Sarah Danvers

Set, Lighting and Projection Design

Chesley Cannon

Costume Design

Iris Kim

Prop Design/Technical Direction

Eric West

Sound Design

Barett Hoover

Mattea Mazzella


Eric Johnson





Funders Include:

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

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