American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables

Whispers of “takings” and “surveillance” circle the Japanese American community in wake of Pearl Harbor. To protect themselves, the Japanese Americans must try their best to assimilate while coping with the world they must forget ever existed. The task is not easy, especially when assimilation means murder of a Paper Crane Spirit and a Lucky Cat. The Ishii Clan must make the ultimate decision: sacrifice who...
Whispers of “takings” and “surveillance” circle the Japanese American community in wake of Pearl Harbor. To protect themselves, the Japanese Americans must try their best to assimilate while coping with the world they must forget ever existed. The task is not easy, especially when assimilation means murder of a Paper Crane Spirit and a Lucky Cat. The Ishii Clan must make the ultimate decision: sacrifice who they are to avoid repercussions, or protect they’re beloved spirits and risk disappearing by the invisible hands of the FBI. American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables is an animated window into the Japanese American experience of the snapshot day between Japan’s attack and FDR’s Declaration.
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American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables

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  • National Queer Theater:
    28 Oct. 2018
    Sam's writing is pure magic. Tackling a difficult subject, he breaks apart his prose with a unique brand of magical realism, weaving Japanese anime into a queer take on the Japanese-American experience in WWII. Take note, Sam Hamashima is a young playwright to watch! We produced a reading of American Spies last month and our audience went crazy for Sam's words and nonstop creativity.

Development History

  • Reading
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    University of Michigan
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    2018
  • Workshop
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    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
    ,
    2018

Awards

Dennis McIntyre Award for Distinction in Playwriting
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University of Michigan, Hopwood Awards Program
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2018
Hopwood Drama Award
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University of Michigan, Hopwood Awards Program
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2018