Gila River (play)

Play by Lane Nishikawa, set in the Gila River, Arizona, concentration camp, that tells the story of the Wakabayashi family. Told in a flashback after Nisei daughter Mitsue revisits the site in 1972, the play incorporates the arrest and internment of the Issei patriarch, the military service (in the Military Intelligence Service) of a baseball loving son, and relationships with Native Americans on whose land the camp had been built. The play premiered in 1999 at the Gila River Arts and Crafts Center and has been subsequently performed at the World Theater at California State University at Monterey Bay and the Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles.

Authored by Brian Niiya, Densho

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Fishkoff, Sue. "CSUMB Mounts Original WWII Play in New World Theater." Monterey County Weekly, April 8, 1999.

Foley, F. Kathleen. "Internment Memories in 'Gila River.'" Los Angeles Times, May 19, 2001.

"Lane Nishikawa." Only the Brave website.