Love story at the center of ‘Valley of the Heart’

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. — The new play “Valley of the Heart” is a powerful love story set against the historical backdrop of World War II and the American concentration camps. The play — which explores themes such as racism, identity, dignity and loyalty — drew a near-capacity crowd to the El Teatro Campesino Playhouse […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Early play took an unflinching look at the trauma of the wartime incarceration

The form of this week’s column is new for me. Rather than focusing on individual Japanese Americans, it covers (or recovers) the unknown story of a pioneering theatrical drama, by the name of “Tondemonai — Never Happen!” It premiered in Los Angeles in May of 1970, and was the first commercially-produced play to dramatize the […]

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