Staged Reading of Chay Yew's, "Question 27, Question 28"

Internment camp

What happened to the women of the Japanese American internment?  How did these brave women keep their American dream alive?  This play weaves a story of the struggles, plights and courage of Japanese American female detainees in the American internment camps of World War II.  Nationally-recognized playwright Chay Yew draws from the special archives of the Japanese American National Museum to create a documentary theater project based on testimonials, transcripts, documents and interviews with female internees living in the camps during WWII. Please join us for a staged reading of Chay Yew's "Question 27, Question 28" directed by Heidi Holder.

This play presents the experiences of Japanese American female detainees in the wake of Executive Order 9066, which in 1942 forced more than 110,000 people of Japanese descent living on the West Coast into internment camps across the country. The title of the play refers to two controversial items in a loyalty questionnaire distributed to detainees.