Nothing is the Same
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December 7, 1941. Four 11-year-olds, George, Mits, Daniel and Bobi, live on the island of O`ahu. They play marbles and peewee, go to school and church, swim in the river and at the beach. Japanese planes, on their way to Pearl Harbor, bomb their small town. Hawaii, like the rest of America, is at war. Their games are interrupted, school is stopped, they must help their parents work, and they learn to wear gas masks and recognize a Japanese enemy. What does it mean that some of their neighbors, including Mits, are of Japanese descent? Are they the enemy? This comic drama traces what happens to friendship when it is challenged.
Nothing is the Same was the result of an oral history project supported by TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts. The play premiered at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth after being developed at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival. After touring for two seasons in Hawaii, the original production moved to Seattle Children's Theatre for an additional three months.
Presented as part of the 2018 Theater for Young Audiences program serving more than 2,000 school children from around Southern California