At the time of the Japan earthquake in March 2011, New York City-based playwright Chiori Miyagawa, whose family was affected by the disaster, saw a photo of an evacuation center wall, covered with handmade messages seeking contact with missing family members and friends. This image moved her, and she began thinking about the concept of reunion, especially following a natural disaster or war. That summer, setting out to create a play on the topic, Miyagawa and director Alice Reagan held salons in which artists and others shared their own reunion stories. Based on these meetings and on additional research, Miyagawa wrote I Came to Look for You on Tuesday.
I Came to Look for You on Tuesday is a surprising and mythical story, by turns poignant and humorous, about our need to reconnect. The play follows Maia, aged six to fifty, whose life was saved as a baby by her mother's sacrifice in a tsunami. Reunion with her mother is impossible, and her journey comes to be about emotionally reuniting.