Jeanne Sakata’s FOR US ALL and Ken Narasaki’s NO-NO BOY Set for Release in L.A. Theatre Works 2020-21 Digital Season on May 5, 2021

On May 5, 2021, L.A. Theatre Works will release For Us All by Jeanne Sakata and No-No Boy by Ken Narasaki, two new recordings sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, a state-funded grant project of the California State Library.

Fred Korematsu, center, sits with members of his coram nobis legal team. Next to him are Dale Minami, left, and Peter Irons. Don Tamaki, Dennis Hayashi and Lorraine Bannai are seen standing. Photo by Crystal K.D. Huie / via MTYKL Foundation

In the L.A. Theatre Works-commissioned For Us All, the world premiere of a remarkable true story, an experienced civil rights lawyer teams up with a group of young Japanese-American attorneys, led by Dale Minami, to use a little known legal writ to overturn the convictions of men unjustly sentenced for resisting the Japanese-American internment. While the government uses every tactic to make the case go away, the lawyers and their defendant, Fred Korematsu, insist on nothing short of justice. Putting their own careers on the line and working pro bono for years, they were armed with overwhelming evidence discovered by Dr. Peter Irons and Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga that the US government had altered, suppressed and destroyed evidence about the “military necessity” of the WWII Japanese American mass incarceration.

No-No Boy, Narasaki’s adaptation of the novel by Japanese-American author John Okada, is set during the aftermath of the U.S. government’s incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II and the resettlement of Japanese Americans to the West Coast. In the play, Ichiro returns to Seattle, where he struggles to transition into post-war life.

Subscriptions to the entire series can be purchased as soon as the first play goes on sale. Subscribers to the full series will receive additional extras throughout the season as well as a special video presentation, “A History of the L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Company,” featuring LATW founding members Edward Asner, Richard Dreyfuss, Hector Elizondo, Stacy Keach, Marsha Mason and JoBeth Williams.

L.A. Theatre Works 2020-21 Digital Season were recorded in-studio, using state-of-the-art technology. L.A. Theatre Works is the world’s leading producer of audio theater. Each of the recordings will include bonus features, such as interviews with the playwrights, actors, experts in the field and more. For more information, to subscribe to the L.A. Theatre Works 2020-21 Digital Season, or to purchase individual titles, go to www.latw.org.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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