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Nagasaki Dust
Nagasaki Dust
"A strong new play, rich in moral ambiguity and issues of Asian-American identity." —Chicago Sun-Times
By W. Colin McKay.

Cast: 7m., 2w. (Flexible.) "(John) Okui returned to his father's homeland to bury his mother's ashes on her native soil and to come to terms with his Oriental ancestry and feelings of being 'a stranger' in his own country, America. While he's in Japan, Pearl Harbor is bombed, and Okui is drafted into the Japanese army. 'I had no choice,' he asserts. The only other option was to go to prison, but his self-stated fear of loneliness made him choose the army. His knowledge of both English and Japanese made him valuable in dealing with the American prisoners, and he was soon in charge. When the war ended, he found himself on trial for his life before the American army. Assigned to defend him is Lt. Randolph, who knows that this case could help him get a better job as a lawyer after the war. He also believes Okui guilty. As Okui's story unfolds, Randolph begins questioning both his opinion and the army's. Nagasaki Dust is a wonderfully intelligent script that continually challenges us to decide what actually transpired, only to again challenge our conclusions. McKay's crisp dialogue rings with honesty and clarity...the story is brought to life amid a swirl of reality and dreams that are both beautiful and horrifying... I recommend Nagasaki Dust very highly." (Jeff Rosen, Chicago Magazine) Flexible staging.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  N46
Cast Size:  9
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  92
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871297930
W. Colin McKay, for a while, toyed with the idea of an acting career but quickly realized that it was more fun to write the words than say them. For the stage, his dark comedy Where Nobody Belongs was produced at East/West Players, and Snitch, a "critic's choice" play he co-wrote with George Cybulski, was produced at the Fountain Theatre ...More
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