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    "body": "<html><body><div id=\"databox-Plays\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Name:Santa Anita '42;\nFirstDate:1975;\nFinalDate:;\nLocation:;\nWriter:Allan Knee;\nDirector:;\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:Santa Anita '42;\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>One of the earliest plays to depict the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans, playwright Allan Knee's <i>Santa Anita '42</i> premiered off-Broadway in 1975 and was revived in 1986–87.\n</p><p>The story centers on the Itos, an Issei family with a Nisei son. In the play's first act, we meet Tamako, as she arrives as a picture bride in the early 1920s to meet her much older husband, Satoru. Though unhappy in her marriage, the couple has a son they name Michael. Later, Tamako has an affair with a white engineer named Paul. The second act depicts the family's incarceration at the <a href=\"/wiki/Santa_Anita_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Santa Anita (detention facility)\">Santa Anita Assembly Center</a> in 1942. The play climaxes with the now eighteen year old Michael's death at the hand of camp guard while making an inflammatory speech after being turned down by the army due to his Japanese ancestry.\n</p><p><i>Santa Anita '42</i> premiered in a 1973–74 production by Playwrights Horizons, followed by a 1975 production at the Chelsea Theater. Both were directed by Steven Robman and featured the same main cast with Gerrie Lani Miyazaki at Tamako, Conrad Yama as Satoru, Stephen D. Newman as Paul, and <a href=\"/wiki/Sab_Shimono\" title=\"Sab Shimono\">Sab Shimono</a> as Michael. In 1986, the Penguin Repertory produced the play at the Barn Playhouse in Stoney Point, New York, with Tina Chen playing Tamako. A 1987 production at the Illinois Theatre Center starred Cheryl Hamada. A theater yearbook noted the negative tenor of reviews of the 1975 production; Edith Oliver of <i>The New Yorker</i> called it \"wispy and confusing\" and wrote that the story \"may be more suitable to television than to the stage.\" In a review of the 1986 production, Alvin Klein of the <i>New York Times</i> called the writing \"belabored\" and the play \"a pallid evening.\" \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>Christiansen, Richard. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-09-22/news/8703110747_1_japanese-internment-camps-touching-true-to-life-story\" rel=\"nofollow\">Melodrama Mars Real-Life Sorrow of Japanese Internment Camps.</a>\" <i>Chicago Tribune</i>, Sept. 22, 1987.\n</p><p>Hischak, Thomas S. <i>American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1969–2000</i>. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. 86.\n</p><p>Klein, Alvin. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.nytimes.com/1986/11/16/nyregion/theater-penguin-presents-santa-anita-42.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">Theater: Penguin Presents 'Santa Anita '42.</a>\" <i>New York Times</i>, Nov. 16, 1986.\n</p><p>Oliver, Edith. <i>The New Yorker</i>, March 10, 1975, 64–65.\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.064 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.065 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 242/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1693/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 2870/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 156/2097152 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:3370-0!*!0!!*!*!* and timestamp 20170310161158 and revision id 23779\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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