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    "body": "<html><body><div id=\"databox-Plays\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Name:A Jive Bomber's Christmas;\nFirstDate:1994;\nFinalDate:;\nLocation:Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles;\nWriter:Dom Magwili; Saachiko Magwili;\nDirector:Dom Magwili; Saachiko Magwili;\nProducer:;\nCreative:;\nTechnical:;\nCharacters:;\nWebsite:;\nPlaybillLink:;\nIBDBID:;\nIODBID:;\nTheatricaliaID:;\nPublisher:;\nPubDate:;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:plays;\nTitle:A Jive Bomber's Christmas;\nCreators:Saachiko Magwili and Dom Magwili;\nInterestLevel:Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Importance of community; Optimism - power or folly;\nGenre:Musical;\nPoV:First person; Young adult Japanese American woman;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Manzanar, California;\nChronology:1943;\nFacility:Manzanar [7];\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<p>Musical play set in a World War II concentration camp by Saachiko and Dom Magwili. First produced for the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Japanese_American_National_Museum\" title=\"Japanese American National Museum\">Japanese American National Museum</a> (JANM) in 1994, <i>A Jive Bomber's Christmas</i> became a holiday tradition in Los Angeles, enjoying a nine-year run and subsequent revivals in Los Angeles and in Hawai'i. The play was based in part on Saachiko Magwili's childhood memories of <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Heart_Mountain\" title=\"Heart Mountain\">Heart Mountain</a> and shares a structural similarity with Dom Magwili's earlier <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Christmas_in_Camp_(play)\" title=\"Christmas in Camp (play)\">Christmas in Camp</a></i>, first produced at East West Players in 1981.\n</p><p>The play is set in December of 1943 and centers on Kei Aragaki, a serious young woman who corresponds with her brother, Hideo, an American soldier in Italy, and Hideo's best friend, the zoot suited swing jazz buff, Jackson Omata, nicknamed the \"jive bomber.\" Promising her brother she will help to keep inmates' morale up, she and Jackson—along with her brassy Hawai'i <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> roommate Mitzi—decide to put on a Christmas show, just as Hideo goes missing in action. The play's second act consists mostly of the Christmas show itself, including popular songs of the time performed by the cast. The playwrights also introduce a subplot surrounding the tensions between military volunteers and <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/No-no_boys\" title=\"No-no boys\">No-No Boys</a>.\n</p><p>The play struck a chord with its audience and drew standing room only crowds at JANM, resulting in its return each year. In 1997, cast member Mike Hagiwara produced performances of the play at other venues in Los Angeles and other parts of California and Washington in subsequent years. The original cast—Jason Fong, Keiko Kashiwagi, Darrell Kunitomi, and Janice Terukina, in addition to Hagiwara—retired from the show in 2000 after a series of performances in Honolulu. JANM introduced a new cast in Los Angeles that year and reprised the show two more times. After a four year hiatus, they revived the show again in 2006. In 2011, Honolulu's Kumu Kahua Theatre produced its version of the show, which also traveled to the Maui Arts &amp; Cultural Center in January 2012.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesDisplay\">\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Related_Articles\">Related Articles</span></h2>\n<p>\n</p>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesSectionDisplay\">\n<h3><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"\"></span></h3>\n<p>\n</p>\n<ul><li> <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Plays_on_incarceration\" title=\"Plays on incarceration\">Plays on incarceration</a></li></ul>\n</div>\n</div>\n<br/>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>\"'A Jive Bomber's Christmas' Returns with New Cast at Japanese American National Museum in December,\" Japanese American National Museum press release, Dec. 1, 2000, <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.janm.org/press/release/22/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.janm.org/press/release/22/</a>.\n</p><p>Foley, E. Kathleen. \"Theater Review: A Bittersweet 'Jive Bomber's Christmas.'\" <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, Dec. 9, 1995, <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://articles.latimes.com/1995-12-09/entertainment/ca-12274_1_jive-bomber-s-christmas\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://articles.latimes.com/1995-12-09/entertainment/ca-12274_1_jive-bomber-s-christmas</a>.\n</p><p>Monji, Jana J. \"'Jive Bomber' Sings a Nisei Camp Story.\" <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, Dec. 9, 1997, <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://articles.latimes.com/1997/dec/09/entertainment/ca-62055\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://articles.latimes.com/1997/dec/09/entertainment/ca-62055</a>.\n</p><p>Yadao, Allen. \"A Jive Bomber's Christmas: Musical Brings Internment Camp Experience to Hawaii,\" <i>Hawaii Herald</i>, Nov. 17, 2000, A-15.\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.076 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.081 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 273/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1741/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 5860/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1004/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:2554-0!*!0!!*!*!* and timestamp 20171216031115 and revision id 27205\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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