and at Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd Flushing, NY 11354 June 26th, 2016 at 2:30pm
Tisa Chang says, "NO-NO BOY" is especially topical in this election year, where questions of allegiance and what it means to be an American are asked again."
Ken Narasaki says, "Even today, the term ["no-no boy"] can spark bitter explosions amongst people who remain angry about the kinds of real life-or-death decisions they and their generation were forced to make..."
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
Starring: Leanne Cabrera Don Castro Chris Doi Scott Kitajima Glenn Kubota Karen Tsen Lee Claro de los Reyes Shigeko Sara Suga Hansel Tan Tony Vo
Sets: Sheryl Liu
Projections & Lighting: Douglas Macur
Sound: Ian Wehrle
Stage Manager: Elis C. Arroyo
Assistant Stage Manager: Miriam Hyfler
“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.
Photo 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.