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Title: Wakako Yamauchi Interview
Narrator: Wakako Yamauchi
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Torrance, California
Date: July 8, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-ywakako-01-0017

WY: Mako said that he'd like to see it in play form. And I thought, I know about those play forms. People don't have your experience that you write the play from, they misread everything you meant to say, and then they write the play. So I said, suspiciously, "Who will write it?" (...) "You will," (Mako said), "You will." I said, "I've never written a play before." And he said, "I don't care if it's a flop or a hit. All I want you to do is get the feeling of the short story into the play." I said, "I can do that," and so that's what I did.

TI: And so how did you learn how to write a play?

WY: Oh, I sent my daughter out to get a book on how to write a play. [Laughs] It says you put the stage directions here, and then you put the name of the, you center the name of the speaker, and then you start writing. I said, "Oh, my gosh, too much work." So I put the stage direction over here in capital letters, then I put the name of the speaker on this side. Because otherwise you're changing the... in the old days they had the typewriter, you got to center the... so I said, no, I'll do it my own way. So I did it that way.

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