The fight to maintain dignity, identity, family and love are at the heart of this American love story deeply rooted in the fertile Santa Clara Valley.
Famed playwright, director and producer Luis Valdez’s sweeping epic illustrates the ironic dividebetween America’s ideals and its actions in what the San Jose Mercury News says is a “multicultural touchstone,” and of which the Los Angeles Times says “We need memory plays as powerful as this one … a quintessentially California play, written by a master of the genre.”
Opening in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor, the Yamaguchis and the Montanos are two immigrant families struggling to provide a future for their American-born children after the Great Depression. The families’ oldest children, Ben and Teruko, fall in love and the emotional stakes are further heightened when the Japanese attack Hawaii on December 7, 1941, throwing both families into uncertainty. Issues of loyalty and patriotism provoke both rebellion and heroism among young, imprisoned Japanese Americans while both Thelma and Benjamin fight to maintain their dignity, identity, family, and love in the face of war, fear, and separation.