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    "body": "<html><body><div id=\"databox-Plays\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Name:Citizen 13559;\nFirstDate:2006-03-10;\nFinalDate:;\nLocation:;\nWriter:Naomi Izuka;\nDirector:Chay Yew;\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:Citizen 13559;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:;\nGenre:;\nPoV:;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:;\nChronology:;\nFacility:;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<p>Play for children by Naomi Iizuka, based on the children's book <i>The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp</i> by Barry Denenberg. The story focuses on the wartime experiences of twelve-year-old Ben Uchida, whose family is incarcerated at the fictional \"Mirror Lake\" camp in Wisconsin. After workshop productions at the Kennedy Center and the Mark Taper Forum's Asian Theatre Workshop, the hour-long play premiered in March 2006 as part of the Kennedy Center Family Theater's first season.\n</p><p>Playwright Iizuka (b. 1965) has written over twenty-five plays and is a professor of dramatic arts at the University of California at San Diego. She is the daughter of a Japanese economist and an American Latina attorney and grew up in Japan, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the United States.\n</p><p>Theater scholar Emily Roxworthy points out two key differences between the story as told in the play and that told in the source book. In the play, Ben's father, Masao, an optometrist, is shattered by the incarceration experience and hangs himself in the barracks. In the book, Masao is initially interned, eventually rejoining the family, but does not die. Also in the play, a white teacher, Miss Kroll, has her role dramatically enlarged and becomes a sympathetic figure and mentor to the boy. Her husband, who had been killed in the war, also appears in the play as a ghost who speaks with Ben.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a href=\"/wiki/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 href=\"/wiki/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>Colborn-Roxworthy, Emily. \"Trading 'Earnest Drama' for Prophecy: Performing Japanese American Internment after 9/11\". <i>Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism</i> 20.2 (Spring 2006): 25–48.\n</p><p>Kennedy Center website: <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=KGYBC\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=KGYBC</a>.\n</p><p>Xu, Wenying. <i>Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater</i>. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.: Scarecrow Press, 2012. 118.\n</p><p>Wren, Celia. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/14/AR2006031401791_pf.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">In 'Citizen 13559,' Innocents Abroad at Home</a>\". <i>Washington Post</i>, March 15, 2006.\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.060 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.064 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 242/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1693/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 2877/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 163/2097152 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:2517-0!*!0!!*!*!* and timestamp 20170310154313 and revision id 23759\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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