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    "body": "<html><body><div id=\"databox-Plays\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Name:Innocent When You Dream;\nFirstDate:2007-10-06;\nFinalDate:2007-10-28;\nLocation:Electric Lodge, Venice, California;\nWriter:Ken Narasaki;\nDirector:Alberto Isaac;\nProducer:Alan Muraoka; Emily Kuroda;\nCreative:;\nTechnical:Dorie Baizley (dramaturg); John J. Flynn (video); Mina Kinukawa (set design); Darlene Miyakawa (stage manager); Christopher M. Singleton (lighting design); Costumes (Ken Takemoto); Dennis Yen (sound design);\nCharacters:Sab Shimono (Dan); Emily Kuroda (Joy); Ken Narasaki (Merv); Sharon Omi (Grace); John Miyasaki (Frank); Mike Hagiwara (Dr. Park);\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:Innocent When You Dream;\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 by Ken Narasaki centering on a dying eighty-year old <a href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> man and his recollections of the World War II years.\n</p><p>Playwright and actor Narasaki was inspired to write the play in part by the death of his own father, a veteran of the <a href=\"/wiki/442nd_Regimental_Combat_Team\" title=\"442nd Regimental Combat Team\">442nd Regimental Combat Team</a> who, like many Nisei, did not talk about his wartime experiences with his children very often. The play was further shaped by a series of readings by the long-time group of friends that included such veteran actors as <a href=\"/wiki/Sab_Shimono\" title=\"Sab Shimono\">Sab Shimono</a>, Emily Kuroda, and Sharon Omi. The play was the 2006 winner of the Kumu Kahua Pacific/Rim Playwriting Award. In October 2007, it premiered at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California, directed by Alberto Isaac and staring Shimono as protagonist Dan Yamada.\n</p><p>As the play opens, Dan Yamada is eighty and has had a stroke that will likely kill him. His children—son Merv (played by playwright Narasaki), a college professor, and daughter Joy, a civil rights lawyer (Emily Kuroda)—come to the hospital where Dan, though unable to speak, makes it clear that he wants to be taken off life support and allowed to die. Scenes in the present with Dan, Merv, Joy, and a wise-cracking doctor center on parent-child relationships and end of life issues. These scenes are interspersed with Dan's dreams of his young adulthood centering on Grace Hamamoto, a young women he had met in camp and has never been able to forget, and her friend Frank Fujiyama, a <a href=\"/wiki/No-no_boys\" title=\"No-no boys\">no-no boy</a> whom Dan, a <a href=\"/wiki/442nd_Regimental_Combat_Team\" title=\"442nd Regimental Combat Team\">442nd</a> veteran, unleashes his anger upon.\n</p><p><i>Innocent When You Dream</i> received strongly positive reviews from David C. Nichols in the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> (\"... it brushes with greatness\") and Neal Weaver in the <i>L.A. Weekly</i> (\"... an eloquent, moving and lingering glance at an intersection of history and memory that has universal application\"). Dany Margolies in <i>Backstage</i> rendered a generally positive verdict, praising Shimono's performance, but finding the tone uneven and elements of the staging distracting.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup>\n</p><p>After the month long run at the Electric Lodge, the cast presented a reading of the play at the February 23, 2008 <a href=\"/wiki/Days_of_Remembrance\" title=\"Days of Remembrance\">Day of Remembrance</a> event at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">[2]</a></sup>\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><i><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4tbJNkppSc\" rel=\"nofollow\">Innocent When You Dream</a></i> trailer. YouTube.\n</p><p><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.backstage.com/review/la-theater/innocent-when-you-dream/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Margolies, Dany</a>. <i>Backstage</i>, Oct. 17, 2007.\n</p><p>Narasaki, Ken. <i><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.prickofthespindle.com/pages/vol.3.2/drama.htm\" rel=\"nofollow\">Innocent When You Dream</a></i>. <i>Prick of the Spindle: A Quarterly Online Journal of the Literary Arts</i> 3.2 (2009).\n</p><p>Nichols, David C. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://articles.latimes.com/2007/oct/12/entertainment/et-innocent12\" rel=\"nofollow\">Acting Wrings the Most Out of 'Innocent.'</a>\" <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, Oct. 12, 2007.\n</p><p>Tseng, Ada. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www1.international.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=78208\" rel=\"nofollow\">Dreams of Our Fathers</a>.\" <i>UCLA International Institute</i>, Sept. 21, 2007.\n</p><p><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.laweekly.com/2007-10-11/stage/theater-reviews-the-drawer-boy-hollywood-hellhouse-max-maven/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Weaver, Neal</a>. <i>LA Weekly</i>, Oct. 8, 2007.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2>\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">David C. Nichols, \"Acting Wrings the Most Out of 'Innocent,'\" <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, Oct. 12, 2007, <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://articles.latimes.com/2007/oct/12/entertainment/et-innocent12\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://articles.latimes.com/2007/oct/12/entertainment/et-innocent12</a>; Neal Weaver, <i>LA Weekly</i>, Oct. 8, 2007, <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.laweekly.com/2007-10-11/stage/theater-reviews-the-drawer-boy-hollywood-hellhouse-max-maven/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.laweekly.com/2007-10-11/stage/theater-reviews-the-drawer-boy-hollywood-hellhouse-max-maven/</a>; Dany Margolies, <i>Backstage</i>, Oct. 17, 2007, <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.backstage.com/review/la-theater/innocent-when-you-dream/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.backstage.com/review/la-theater/innocent-when-you-dream/</a>, all accessed on February 4, 2014.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">\"Annual Day of Remembrance at the Smithsonian: Innocent When You Dream, a Play Reading by Ken Narasaki,\" Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center website, accessed on February 4, 2014 at <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://apanews.si.edu/2008/02/23/annual-day-of-remembrance-at-the-smithsonianinnocent-when-you-dream-a-play-reading-by-ken-narasaki/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://apanews.si.edu/2008/02/23/annual-day-of-remembrance-at-the-smithsonianinnocent-when-you-dream-a-play-reading-by-ken-narasaki/</a>.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.092 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.096 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 317/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2137/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 3491/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 612/2097152 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:2673-0!*!0!!*!*!* and timestamp 20170310154141 and revision id 23770\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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