Sierra Madre Playhouse: Sierra Madre, CA (map)
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2:30pm - 4:30pm
University of Hawai‘i alumni and friends in Southern California are invited to a special performance of “Nothing is the Same,” the award-winning play that tells the story of wartime Hawai‘i through the eyes of four children who witness the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Join us for a special UH alumni matinee performance and post-performance reception, including a talk on the legacy of honorary doctorate, Shimeji Kanazawa. The reception will be an opportunity for the Kanazawas along with director Tim Dang and hula consultant (and UH Mānoa alumnus) Kelsey Chock to speak with the group.
Includes both the performance and the reception that follows.
December 7, 1941. Four 11-year-olds, George, Mits, Daniel and Bobi, live on the island of O‘ahu. They play marbles and peewee, go to school and church, swim in the river and at the beach. Japanese planes, on their way to Pearl Harbor, bomb their small town. Hawai‘i, like the rest of America, is at war. Their games are interrupted, school is stopped, they must help their parents work, and they learn to wear gas masks and recognize a Japanese enemy. What does it mean that some of their neighbors, including Mits, are of Japanese descent? Are they the enemy? This comic drama traces what happens to friendship when it is challenged.
Nothing is the Same was the result of an oral history project supported by TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts. The play premiered at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth after being developed at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival. After touring for two seasons in Hawai‘i, the original production moved to Seattle Children’s Theatre for an additional three months.
For more information on the play, click here.
To RSVP, please call the Sierra Madre Playhouse box office at (626) 355-4318 and use the discount code KAMA'AINA.