Innocent When You Dream

Education Level
Higher Education

Eighty-something Dan Yamada has been rendered speechless after a stroke, and as he lies in bed, he vividly recalls his life, from his days in the World War II era internment camps, to serving in the US Army, to his one true love. At his bedside in the present, his adult children fight over his care and legacy, all while Dan tries to communicate his poignant final wish. 

Includes an interview with playwright Ken Narasaki.

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This play is sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, a state-funded grant project of the California State Library.

Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in January 2024.

Directed by Anna Lyse Erikson
Kurt Kanazawa as Frank Fujiyama
John Miyasaki as Young Dan Yamada
Suzy Nakamura as Joy Yamada-Hanke
Ken Narasaki as Dr. Park
Rosie Narasaki as Young Grace Hamamoto
Sharon Omi as Adult Grace Hamamoto
Sab Shimono as Dan Yamada
Greg Watanabe as Merv Yamada
Prepared for Audio by Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood
Recording Engineer and Editor: Neil Wogensen
Sound Designer and Mixing Engineer: Charles Carroll for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood
“Blue Skies” performed by Kurt Kanazawa
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