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A Note from playwright Rob Maesaka on "White to Gray"

“Japanese-American”

From the time that I was in my early 20’s, I knew that I wanted to write a play about the Japanese-American experience in this country.  As I explored the many ways in which to address this topic, I was continually diverted to and reminded of December 7, 1941 – the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Since I do not possess much of a morbid curiosity, the actual attack did not interest me as much as the cultural aftermath.  I became very interested in the idea of the “Japanese-American”.  What would it be like to be “Japanese-American” when Japan and America were at war?

For me, I believe that you can’t fight hate with hate; only love can conquer hate.  I believe that you can’t fight evil with evil; only good can conquer evil.  It is in this way that the theme of this play emerged.  It began as a question:  Does racism have the power to destroy love?  As an individual and a teacher, I am optimistic by nature and by trade; however, I also recognize the realities of this world that we all share.  For I know all too well, that it is in the real world that all of our convictions are tested.  Peace and love be with us all, always.

 

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