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A team of lawyers use a little known legal writ to fight to overturn the conviction of Fred Korematsu, unjustly sentenced for resisting the WWII mass incarceration of all Japanese Americans on the West Coast. While the government uses every tactic to make the case go away, the lawyers and their defendant insist on nothing short of justice.

The play draws much inspiration from Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and his Quest for Justice by Lorraine K. Bannai (University of Washington Press 2015) and Justice Delayed by Peter Irons (Wesleyan University Press 1989).

L.A. Theatre Works is proud to release one of two new recordings sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, a state-funded grant project of the California State Library.

Will include a virtual video table read with the cast, and a Zoom conversation with some of the actual lawyers and advocates who inspired the play.

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Directed by Anna Lyse Erikson
Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg
Edward Asner as John McCloy
Brooke Ishibashi as Karen Korematsu
Tess Lina as Judge Marilyn Patel, Times Analyst, Clerk
Mike McShane as General John DeWitt, CBS News Anchor, ABC News Anchor, NBC Reporter
Derek Mio as Dale Minami
Joy Osmanski as Lorraine (Lori) Bannai, Maya
Jeanne Sakata as Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga
André Sogliuzzo as Edward Ennis, Victor Stone, NY Times Reporter
Josh Stamberg as Peter Irons
Paul Yen as Don Tamaki
Producer: Anna Lyse Erikson
Recording Engineer and Sound Designer: Neil Wogensen
Senior Radio Producer: Ronn Lipkin
Foley Artist: Jeff Gardner