Friday, August 3, 2012

The Old Globe Announces Cast, Creative Team and Special Events for ALLEGIANCE

George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung. Photo by Vincent Desro

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for the world premiere of
Allegiance – A New American Musical, an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. Directed by Stafford Arima, with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Marc Acito, Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, the production features choreography by Andrew Palermo and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Lynne Shankel.

Allegiance will run Sept. 7 – Oct. 21, 2012 with opening night set for Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are currently available by subscription only. Single tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 10 at 12 noon and are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

On the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a meeting with a young journalist forces WWII veteran Sam Kimura to remember his family’s relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming. As they struggle to adjust to their new home, Young Sam and his sister Kei find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. With its moving score, Allegiance – A New American Musical takes audiences on a journey into our nation’s history through the eyes of one American family.

George Takei will play Sam Kimura, a former internee who revisits the ghosts of his past, and Ojii-san, the grandfather and pillar of strength of the Kimura family. Lea Salonga will appear as Kei Kimura, a young internee who falls in with a group of activists, and Hana Suzuki, the interviewer who impels Sam to delve into his memories. Telly Leung will play young Sammy Kimura, who is torn between fighting for his country and honoring his community – and his family. Joining the cast is Paolo Montalban as Mike Masaoka, the polarizing real-life leader who encouraged cooperation with the internment despite being Japanese American himself.

The cast also features Michael K. Lee (Frankie Suzuki), Paul Nakauchi (Tatsuo Kimura) and Allie Trimm (Hannah Campbell) with Katie Boren, Jon Jon Briones, Geno Carr, Karl Josef Co, Marc de la Cruz, MaryAnn Hu, Brandon Joel Maier, Kürt Norby, Ann Sanders, Jill Townsend, Kay Trinidad and Scott Watanabe (Ensemble) and Jennifer Hubilla and Conrad Ricamora (Swings).

The creative team includes Donyale Werle (Scenic Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Jonathan Deans (Sound Design), Darrel Maloney (Projection Design), Jan Gist (Dialect Coach) Telsey + Company (Casting) and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).

Free Post-Show Forums will take place Tuesdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, Wednesday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 13 (matinee) where the audience can discuss the play with members of the cast and crew.

Out At The Globe is Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 pm and is an evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole LGBT community. The event includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. Everyone is welcome. $20 per person. RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE. (Tickets to Allegiance are sold separately.)

A number of additional events will take place during the run of Allegiance:

INTERNMENT: THE SAN DIEGO EXPERIENCE – Free Seminar
Monday, Sept. 10 at 7:00 pm  (Reception at 6:30 p.m.)
Learn how the Japanese American internment affected San Diego County, where over 2,000 citizens were put into the camps, at this informative seminar.  (RSVPs are required for this FREE event. Email RSVP@theoldglobe.org to reserve a seat.)

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: ALLEGIANCE – Free Seminar
Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 pm  (Reception at 6:30 p.m.)
Members of the creative team discuss the history of the production and the issues they faced in the creation of Allegiance. No RSVP is necessary for this FREE event.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: STORIES FROM FORMER INTERNEES – Free Seminar
Monday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 pm  (Reception at 6:30 p.m.)
Former internees share their unique, first-hand perspective of the historical events that take place in Allegiance. (RSVPs are required for this FREE event. EmailRSVP@theoldglobe.org to reserve a seat.)

“THE TAG PROJECT” – Theater Lobby Installation by Artist Wendy Maruyama
Features groupings of ID tags resembling those worn by Japanese Americans as they were sent to the internment camps. Approximately 11 feet tall and weighing more than 100 pounds, each grouping contains enough tags to represent every person in one of the 10 U.S. internment camps.

“ALLEGIANCE: A SAN DIEGO PERSPECTIVE” – Museum Exhibition
The Old Globe and the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego present a museum exhibition throughout the run of Allegiance about the history of Japanese Americans who lived in San Diego prior to World War II and their removal to the internment camps. The exhibition will contain photographs, artifacts and materials about the internment and how it affected San Diego County and its citizens. Located in the Museum of Man Annex directly adjacent to the Old Globe Theatre, the exhibition is free to the public and will be open two hours prior to each performance.

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