The Great Wave

Project Type
Projection Design
Projection Designer

Spanning over 20 years and the two vastly different countries of Japan and North Korea, The Great Wave is at once a riveting geopolitical thriller and a powerful story of the unshakable bonds between a mother, a daughter, and a sister who refuse to give up hope.

The Berkeley Repertory Theater
September 12 – October 27, 2019
US Premiere

Direction: Mark Wing-Davey
Playwright: Francis Turnly
Scenic Design: Chika Shimizu
Costume Design: Meg Neville
Lighting Design: Lap Chi Chu
Sound Design: Bray Poor
Video Design: Tara Knight
Stage Management: Michael Suenkel



“A huge wave batters Japan’s coast, rendered, by video designer Tara Knight, as a kaleidoscope of globules yawning monstrously over the stage, then deluging it in swirls and bubbles.”

– The San Francisco Chronicle


“…breathtakingly immersive video design (Tara Knight) that washes over the stage with heat and light”

– The Mercury News – East Bay Times


“The set design by Chica Shimizu utilizing elevating platforms and slide-in rooms is stunning as is the lighting by Lap Chi Chu and video designs of Tara Knight.”

– Broadway World


(Still photographs by Chika Shimizu)