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Announcing 2015 National Tour







After a successful, critically acclaimed, limited run in New York in 2014, Pan Asian Rep is pleased to announce a return to Theatre Row's Studio Theatre June 22 - 25, 2016, followed by a national tour of NO-NO BOY.

Adapted from the iconic, groundbreaking novel by John Okada by Ken Narasaki, NO-NO BOY is directed by Pan Asian veteran artist, Ron Nakahara. With this powerful and timely story, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Pan Asian is committed to reaching new audiences nationwide.


by Ken Narasaki
directed by Ron Nakahara
Adapted from the novel by John Okada

See the transcript for Tamio Spiegel's interview with playwright Ken Narasaki here

Kimiye Corwin
Chris Doi
Glenn Kubota
Karen Tsen Lee
Whit K. Lee
Claro de los Reyes
Shigeko Sara Suga
Hansel Tan
Tony Vo
Scott Watanabe

Sets: Sheryl Liu
Lights: Tsubasa Kamei
Costumes: Carol Pelletier
Sound: Ian Wehrle
Stage Manager: Elis C. Arroyo
Assistant Stage Manager: Katie Kavett

Few dramas have as effectively depicted the sense of being torn between two cultures in a time of war”-LA Weekly

Adapted from the groundbreaking novel by John Okada, NO-NO BOY follows draft resister Ichiro Yamada as he returns to Seattle following his release from prison. Ken Narasakiís vivid adaptation depicts Ichiroís search for resolution among family, friends, and a community in transition following the resettlement of Japanese Americans on the West Coast after the war.


Photos by John Quincy Lee




KEN NARASAKI (Playwright) is an actor and writer.  His plays include the recent adaptation of NO-NO BOY, award-winning plays INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM (winner 2006 Kuma Kahua Pacific Rim Award), and THE MIKADO PROJECT (co-written with Doris Baizley – winner, 2008 Kuma Kahua Pacific Rim Award), and GHOSTS AND BAGGAGE. As an actor, he starred in ZWEI PROFIS for German television, and appeared in Lane Nishikawa’s ONLY THE BRAVE; he’s also appeared in nearly 60 plays, including PO BOY TANGO, A WINTER PEOPLE, THEORY OF EVERYTHING, in Chicago, Los Angeles, Singapore, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, and elsewhere.

Photo of Ernest Abuba

Shigeko Suga Photo