For Educators

Timescape productions will be presenting the World premiere of Ken Narasaki’s stage adaptation of John Okada’s ground breaking novel No-No Boy from March 26th through April 18, 2010 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. We hope that you will consider bringing a group to this show. This is an excellent way to gather as a community and share our common stories and experiences.

Set after World War II as Japanese Americans return to the West Coast, the play follows draft resister Ichiro Yamada after he is released from prison and struggles to come to terms with the consequences of his choices, while the rest of the community tries to get back on its feet after a war that has uprooted them all. The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Keiko Agena, Jared Asato, Emily Kuroda, John Miyasaki, Sharon Omi, Sab Shimono, Chris Tashima, Greg Watanabe, and Robert Wu.

The same artistic team produced Innocent When You Dream (Critic’s Choice LA Times, Pick of the Week LA Weekly), which had a successful run at Electric Lodge in Venice and was later invited to perform at the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC) in 2008 (

We are happy to discuss the arrangement of post show discussions with actors and playwright after the show. Tickets for general admission are $25.00 but groups of 10 or more for performances through April 3rd will be $15.00. Performances are Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm.

Please contact Sharon Omi at (310) 592-1160 for additional information or would like to book a group. 

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

The No-No Boy Study Guide  is available for download courtesy of Frank Abe and other educators, including Steve Sumida, head of the Asian Studies department at the University of Washington.

Curriculum author: Ti Locke  Historical material: Frank Abe
Special thanks to curriculum consultants Ellen McIntyre,
Jennifer Kovach, Christie Graham, Amy Kinsel, and Stephen Sumida.

Download the Study Guide below.  File name: "classroom_guide.pdf"

Emily Kuroda,
Jan 6, 2010, 6:46 PM