The musical ALLEGIANCE, based on the early life of George Takei and his family in a Japanese internment camp during WWII, is coming to Los Angeles after it a short, yet historic, Broadway run in 2015.
East West Players, the largest Asian American theatre company, and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center will be co-presenting the production, which will be mounted at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo. on 2018.
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East West Players’ artistic director Snehal Desai said he was particularly proud to bring “Allegiance” to L.A.’s Little Tokyo, where the show had its first reading in 2008. East West Players is the largest producing organization of Asian American theater work in the country.
“‘Allegiance’ sheds light on a dark chapter in American history that’s not often spoken about honestly and openly. As we announce this landmark musical, I keep thinking about the Japanese term gaman, a word that means enduring the unbearable with dignity and strength,” Desai said in an email. “As we mark the 75th anniversary of 9066 — the executive order that led to the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans — the story of ‘Allegiance’ serves as a reminder of the high price we asked our fellow Americans to pay in order to ‘preserve’ our freedom and liberty.”
ALLEGIANCE’s LA run will begin February 21 through April 1, 2018.
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