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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<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<div id=\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">RG Media Type</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">plays</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Innocent When You Dream</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Free Web Version</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Has Teaching Aids?</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\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 class=\"encyc notrg\" 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 class=\"encyc notrg\" 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 class=\"encyc notrg\" 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 class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/No-no_boys\" title=\"No-no boys\">no-no boy</a> whom Dan, a <a class=\"encyc notrg\" 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 class=\"\" 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 class=\"encyc notrg\" 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 class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">[2]</a></sup>\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" 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<div class=\"section\" id=\"Related_Articles\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Related_Articles\">Related Articles</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>\n</p>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesSectionDisplay\">\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"\"><h3><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"\"></span></h3><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>\n</p>\n<ul><li> <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Plays_on_incarceration\" title=\"Plays on incarceration\">Plays on incarceration</a></li></ul>\n</div></div></div>\n</div></div></div>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p><i><a class=\"external text offsite\" 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 offsite\" 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 offsite\" 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 offsite\" 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 offsite\" 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 offsite\" 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></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\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 class=\"\" 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 offsite\" 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 offsite\" 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 offsite\" 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 class=\"\" 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 offsite\" 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: 0.112 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.118 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 325/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2161/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 3913/2097152 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!!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309150805 and revision id 28763\n -->\n</div></div><div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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