Heart Mountain (play)

Play first produced in 2012 that tells the story of a Japanese American family from Venice, California, and their wartime removal and incarceration at Heart Mountain. The play was conceived and commissioned by Perviz Sawoski, the chair of the Theater Arts Department at Santa Monica City College in Southern California and written by G. Bruce Smith, the school's public information officer and a playwright of over twenty plays. The dramatic play incorporates archival images and dance inspired by Butoh. First produced at the college in November 2012, the play was also selected to be performed at the Kenney Center American College Theater Festival, Region VIII at the Los Angeles Theater Center in February 2013.

Authored by Brian Niiya, Densho

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Kenney Center American College Theater Festival, Region VII program, 2013.

James, Mitch. "Santa Monica College to Present World Premiere of 'Heart Mountain' Nov. 2–11." Santa Monica Mirror, October 24, 2012.

---. "Santa Monica College's 'Heart Mountain' Selected for Prestigious Festival." Santa Monica Mirror, Jan. 15, 1013.