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Station J (play)


Epic three-hour play by Richard France on the wartime exclusion, incarceration, and return of the Shigeta family told in three acts, each consisting of six scenes and a prologue and a epilogue. The play was part of the 1981–82 seasons of both East West Players in Los Angeles and the Pan Asian Repertory Theater in New York; both Asian American theater companies devoted that season to plays on the Japanese American World War II incarceration.

The Shigeta family includes Issei patriarch Chiyoji Shigeta, a noted breeder of roses; matriarch Yuki, who runs the household; two sons, Taro and Kenji, and a daughter, Emiko, who live with the family; and another son, Michael, who has enlisted in the army prior to the war. Act 1 covers their forced removal, Act 2 takes place at Jerome , where the family has been incarcerated, and Act 3 includes resettlement and their journey back to a ransacked home and business in California after Michael has been killed fighting in Europe with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team . The epilogue takes place at the dedication of the Peace Plaza in San Francisco Nihonmachi in 1968.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho
Media Details
Date Opened 1981-10-01
Location East West Players, Los Angeles
Writer Richard France
Director Mako, Alberto Isaac
For More Information

For More Information

Colborn-Roxworthy, Emily. "Trading 'Earnest Drama' for Prophecy: Performing Japanese American Internment after 9/11." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 20.2 (Spring 2006): 25–48.

" Finding Aid for the East West Players Records, 1965–1992 ." Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Imamura, Peter. "Theater Review: East West's 'Station J.'" Pacific Citizen , Oct. 9, 1981, 3.

Kurahashi, Yuko. Asian American Culture on Stage: The History of the East West Players . New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1999.

Morioka-Steffens, Tamayo Irene. "Asian Pacific American Identities: An Historical Perspective Through the Theatre Productions of the East West Players, 1965 to 2000. Ph.D. dissertation, Claremont Graduate School, 2003.