American Spies and
Other Homegrown Fables
by Sam Hamashima
News travels across the Pacific on Dec. 7 resulting in foolhardy claims of Japanese sympathizers. As calls for war perpetrate a nation, The Ishii Family undertakes radical assimilation to calm the local police and fearful neighbors. Mixing family testimony and cartoon charm, the Japanese Americans’ response to national disaster develops into a sparkling fable on what it means to be family.
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World Premiere, The Hub Theatre:
"American Spies is a mashup of tones, styles, and time periods. It jumps from cartoonish to hyperrealist, from heartwarming to stomach-churning. Sometimes, the effect is whiplash. Isn’t it that way with family, culture, identity–and all the more when your worlds are at war?"
- Review, DC Theatre Scene