The Seattle Historical Theatre Project is pleased to present their theatre production of Friends Across the Wires, an original play exploring the impact of the WWII Japanese American Incarceration on young people in Seattle. The play will be presented at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on Thursday, April 20th, at 7.30pm.
This West Seattle performance is a unique opportunity to shed light on some of the neighborhood’s history. Audience members will have the opportunity to learn about the West Seattle community’s specific responses to the rise of anti-Japanese American rhetoric prevalent in the United States during the war.
Generously funded by 4Culture Arts and Heritage and Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program grants, this production is offered free-of-charge to community organizations. Please join us.
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About the Playwright and Director:
Laura Ferri is an award winning, professional theatre artist renowned for her attention to period detail and her skill in creating performances from primary source documents. She is a founding member of Book-It Repertory Theatre, and she has twice received the Seattle Times Footlight Best Production award; once in 2012 for her direction of Prairie Nocturne, and again in 2016 for her production of A Tale for The Time Being. In 2022, she received a US/UK Fulbright award in Creative Writing to develop a play about WWII in Northern Ireland. Her most recent work includes The Ruins of Memory: Women’s Voices of the Holocaust.
About the Cast:
Emma Chang, Caylin Morrison, Celia Nimura-Parmenter, Olivia Ockey, Justin Jay Smith, Isaac Tian, Laurence Wulfe Production Stage Manager: Mackenzie Breda Japanese Cultural Consultant/ Assistant Director: Lada Vishtak Costume Designer: Carrie Rees Johnson Sound Designer/Composer: Max Sarkowsky Producer: Tamara Bunnell INTERVIEWS Interviews with playwright and director Laura Ferri are available upon request. Please contact Seattle Historical Theatre for more information.