Miss Minidoka 1943 (play)

Two-act musical comedy play set in Minidoka that follows the preparations for a camp beauty contest. The play's timeline parallels that of an actual beauty contest at the camp in January and February 1943, a time that also saw the loyalty questionnaire and the call for volunteers for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The book for the play was written by Seattle attorney Gary Iwamoto, with music and lyrics contributed by Iwamoto along with Richard Lewis, Lisa Pan, Erin Flory, Diane Wong, Ken Kubota, Stan Asis, Masaye Okano Nakagawa, and Brian Higham.

Miss Minidoka 1943 premiered on January 27, 1987, as the debut show at the Northwest Asian American Theater's Theatre Off Jackson facility. The musical became a hit and helped to stabilize the Seattle-based Asian American theater company. The Repertory Actors Theater in Seattle produced the play in November of 2000.

Authored by Brian Niiya, Densho

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Abe, Frank. "Internment Experience of Japanese Americans Is Basis for Musical." Pacific Citizen, Aug. 21–28, 1987, 3.

Lee, Esther Kim. A History of Asian American Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

"Miss Minidoka 1943". The Repertory Actors Theatre website.