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BETWEEN US

TURNING THE PAGE: The Story of Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga


By Jeanne Sakata
Directed by Jeffrey Lo

Heidi Kobara/Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga

Assistant Director/ Tessa Corrie

“Sometimes I lie awake at night wondering who was it? Who saved it?”

Who brings justice within reach? Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga played a crucial role in the redress movement for the over 100,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII. She discovered, distributed and compiled research in a report called Personal Justice Denied that illuminated the concentration camps as premeditated governmental misconduct making reparations possible.

Jeanne Sakata
Jeanne Sakata

Jeanne Sakata’s solo play Hold These Truths, will be produced in 2017-18 at the Arena Stage in Washington DC, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and New Century Theatre in South Hadley. Premiering at the East West Players in 2007, Hold These Truths has since had numerous productions with the Epic Theatre Ensemble (2013 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance), Pasadena Playhouse, the Guthrie Theater, Portland Center Stage, Seattle’s ACT Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, People’s Light, Honolulu Theatre for Youth (Daniel Dae Kim, co-producer), terraNOVA Collective, Silk Road Rising, Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre, and Plays and Players.

 

As an actress, Jeanne 
has performed with The Public Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, ACT Theatre (Seattle), ACT (San Francisco), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, Portland Center Stage, Oregon Shakespeare
Festival, Syracuse Stage, and
Arizona Theatre Company. Screen credits include the internationally acclaimed indie film Advantageous (US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision, 2015 Sundance Film Festival; 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award Nomination) and guest appearances on “Big Hero 6,” Bravo’s “True Fiction,” “Dr. Ken,” “NCIS Los Angeles,” “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Presidio Med,” “ER,” “Threat Matrix,” “Line of Fire,” “American Family,”
John Ridley’s “I Got You,” and “Sex and Marriage,” a Justin Lin YOMYOMF YouTube series. Special honors: LA Ovation Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Red at East West Players; Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Los Angeles Theatre Community from Playwrights’ Arena; Outstanding Artist Award from LA Asian Pacific American Friends of Theatre; Entertainment Today Award for Best Supporting Actress in A Winter People at The Theatre @ Boston Court; and the establishment of the Jeanne Sakata Collection in the Library of Congress Playwrights Archive, Asian American Pacific Islander Collection. jeannesakata.com, holdthesetruths.info.

Jeffrey Lo
Jeffrey Lo

Jeffrey Lo is a Filipino-American playwright and director based in the Bay Area. He is the recipient of the 2014 Leigh Weimers Emerging Arist Award, the 2012 Emerging Artist Laureate by Arts Council Silicon Valley and Theatre Bay Area Director’s TITAN Award. His plays have been produced and workshopped at The BindleStiff Studio, City Lights Theatre Company and Custom Made Theatre Company. His play Writing Fragments Home was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwright’s Conference and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Recent directing credits include Yellow Face and Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Los Altos Stage Company, Uncle Vanya at the Pear Theatre (BATCC nomination for Best Production), Eurydice at Palo Alto Players (TBA Awards nomination for Best Direction), Some Girl(s) at Dragon Productions and The Drunken City at Renegade Theatre Experiment. Jeffrey has also worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory and is a company member of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company and SF Playground. He is the Casting Associate and Company Manager at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, a graduate of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute and a proud alumnus of the UC Irvine Drama Department. For more, visit www.JeffreyWritesAPlay.com

Heidi Kobara
Heidi Kobara

Heidi Kobara is a native to the Bay Area.  Her American born Japanese grandparents were relocated from Watsonville CA to the Poston AZ Internment Camps.  While in the camps her grandfather served in the Military Intelligence Service and because of Mrs. Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga’s tireless research, received the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Heidi graduated from NDNU with a MFA in music and from SCU with a BA in theatre.  Her past roles have included: Hermione in Foothill College’s Production of A Winter’s Tale, Meg in Leading Ladies at BusBarn Theatre, and Forgiveness from Heaven in City Lights production of The Waiting Room.