Jan 19 - Mar 04 , 2018

Nothing is the Same

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Join us for multiple FREE public events being held in conjuntion with this production - please scroll down for schedule and descriptions!

Play synopsis: 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. Are you an educator? Register your class to attend Nothing is the Same by completing the online form.


About Tim Dang

Tim Dang was Producing Artistic Director of East West Players from 1993 through 2016, making himself and his company among the most highly regarded in the Los Angeles theatrical community. He is the recipient of Ovation Awards for directing Pacific Overtures and for directing and producing Sweeney Todd. He received numerous awards for direction, production and performance from Backstage West and Drama-Logue. He has directed 38 shows in an astonishingly prolific career. He has also been a playwright and lyricist (co-writing Nisei Widows Club, Canton Jazz Club, Beijing Spring). He is an adjunct professor at USC (his alma mater) and is co-director of the National Cultural Navigation Theater Project and co-chair of the LA County Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative. This fall, he will receive the Inner City Essence Award from Inner city Cultural Center.  His numerous honors include Tim Dang Day (L.A. City Council); Local Hero of the Year (KCET/Union Bank); Top 100 Asian Americans of the Decade (A. Magazine); Leadership Award (James Irvine Foundation); many, many more.

FREE Public Events presented in conjuntion with Nothing is the Same

Sunday, Jan. 21 at 1PM, Sierra Madre Playhouse
Home, Heartbreak and Hope: Reflections on the Japanese-American Experience in Sierra Madre and the San Gabriel Valley.
A panel discussion moderated by best-selling mystery author Naomi Hirahara and featuring poet Amy Uyematsu , and Dr. Mitchell Maki, President of the Go For Broke National Education Center in Los Angeles. At Sierra Madre Playhouse.

Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1PM, (directly west of the Sierra Madre Playhouse on Auburn Street)
Hula in the Street!
The talented dancers of  Hula Halau Na Mamo O Pana'ewa honor the hula tradition of Hawaii in a gesture of Aloha to the City of Sierra Madre and the talented cast and creative team of the play Nothing is the Same prior to the Sunday matinee of the play . Weather permitting, the public is invited to watch a mini recital of costumed dancers in the street next to the Playhouse.  Should it rain, the hula will be on the stage of the Playhouse.  Patrons wishing to use the parking lot behind the Playhouse should approach the lot from north of Sierra Madre Blvd because of the block long closure at West  Sierra Madre Boulevard and Auburn Ave.

Sunday, Feb. 18 at 1PM, Sierra Madre Playhouse: 
Hawaii "Try It"
Mini workshops exploring the cultural contributions of the Philippines, Korea, and native Hawaiians to the Aloha spirit of Hawaii the setting for Nothing is the Same. Try a craft, learn a dance step, make a flower accessory, taste a Hawaiian treat at stations in and around the Playhouse.  This event focuses on Filipino, Korean and Hawaiian native culture in hands on activities.

Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1PM, Sierra Madre Elementary School (141 W. Highland Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024)
Tour of the Japanese Goodwill Garden
Tea and Japanese tea snacks will be availablefor purchase. In the early 1930s, when a new elementary school was built at Highland Avenue and Auburn Street, the parents in the sizeable Japanese community of Sierra Madre created a Japanese Garden to thank the city for welcoming their children. During World War II the garden was covered over with dirt and converted to a Victory Garden. In the 1990s because of the curiosity of students, and through the guidance of faculty, and the talents and generosity of the Japanese community, the garden was restored. This unique and historical element on a public school campus is rarely open for weekend tours. See the garden and hear about its history at this free event 2 blocks from the Sierra Madre Playhouse.

Cast Members
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Tristen Kim

Asia Ring

Yeng Kong Thao

Chloe Madriaga

Cedric Ikaika Jonathan

Kurt Kanazawa

Melvin Biteng

On Shiu


Directed by

Tim Dang

Set Designer

Tesshi Nakagawa

Lighting Designer

Derek Jones

Costume Designer

Tanya Apuya

Sound Designer

Howard Ho


Emily Hopfauf

Production Stage Manager

Kristin Bolinski

Hula Movement & Dialect Coach

Kelsey Chock

Fight Movement

Chloe Madriaga


Arts for LA LA country arts commission Pasadena Tournament of Roses The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation The Spero Foundation Sierra Madre Community Foundation