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Luis Valdez, the legendary creator of Zoot Suit and hero of the Latino theatre (The New York Times), returns to the Taper with a sweeping new epic examining the difficult divide between America’s ideals and its actions in this quintessentially California play, written by a master of the genre.

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The Yamaguchis and the Montaños are two immigrant families struggling to provide a future for their American-born children after the Great Depression on the farmland they share. But as their oldest children fall in love—secretly—the attack on Pearl Harbor throws these Mexican and Japanese American families into uncertainty and turmoil. When the Yamaguchis are interned along with thousands of other Japanese Americans, allegiances are tested, heroes are made, and the two young lovers must find a way to stay loyal to each other—and their country.

“IF YOU TAKE THE JAPANESE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AND CONTRAST IT WITH THE MEXICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, WHAT TIES THEM TOGETHER IS THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.” –Luis Valdez, Writer/Director

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