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    WORLD PREMIERE OF “NO-NO BOY” OPENS MARCH 27

AT MILES MEMORIAL PLAYHOUSE

LOS ANGELES, CA – Timescape Arts Group presents No-No Boy, running March 27 – April 18, 2010 at the MilesMemorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403.              

Ken Narasaki’s stage adaptation of John Okada’s ground breaking novel No-No Boy is scheduled for its world premiere March 27, 2010.  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 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 (www.timescapearts.com).

 Playwright Ken Narasaki has written Ghosts and Baggage (produced at LATC), The Mikado Project (with Doris Baizley, produced at Lodestone Theater Ensemble), and Innocent When You Dream (produced at Electric Lodge).  Innocent When you Dream won the 2006 Kuma Kahua Pacific Rim Playwriting Award, and The Mikado Project won the 2008-09 Pacific Rim Award. 

Director Alberto Isaac most recently directed ART at East West Players; some of his other directing credits include Innocent When you Dream, Ghosts and Baggage, The Maids and Yankee Dawg You Die.  He has won three DramaLogue awards and one L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for outstanding direction. 

The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Keiko Agena, Jared Asato, Michael Hagiwara, Emily Kuroda, John Miyasaki, Sharon Omi, Sab Shimono, Chris Tashima, Greg Watanabe and Robert Wu.

Performances are March 27th through April 18th, 2010; Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission; discounts are available for students, seniors, groups and early purchase.  Tickets can be purchased at www.BrownPaperTickets.com, or by calling 1-800-838-3006. The Miles Memorial Theatre is located at 1130 Lincoln Blvd., just north of Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. Free parking is available.

“No-No Boy” is supported by a generous grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Fund.
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