|Nina Yoshida Nelsen, Adam Lau and Hae Ji Chang play the Kobayashi family who is forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II. In reality, this happened to more than 120,000 West Coast Japanese Americans during the 1940s. Brandon Patoc photo|
Locally sourced personal histories such as the wartime incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, many of whom were from the Seattle area, have provided inspiration for this world premiere. Composed by Jack Perla with libretto by Jessica Murphy Moo, An American Dream is a deeply human and hauntingly relevant work that speaks to the universal immigrant experience. In this story, the fate of two families unexpectedly becomes bound together following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the heartbreak of World War II. When the Kobayashi family (Nina Yoshida Nelsen, Adam Lau, and Hae Ji Chang) is forced to leave their home on an island in Puget Sound, Eva (D’Ana Lombard), a German Jew and her husband, Jim (Morgan Smith), an American veteran, move in. As Eva awaits news from family in Germany, she slowly pieces together the history of her new home.
|Seattle Opera in the community: Nina Yoshida Nelsen who plays the mother in An American Dream, performed for residents at Nikkei Concerns, where many of the residents were personally affected by the mass incarceration and removal of Japanese Americans. This was especially meaningful for Nelsen, a yonsei or fourth-generation Japanese American whose grandmother, a Seattle native, was also incarcerated during the war.|
An American Dream Community Events:
Community Preview at Wing Luke Museum
6:30 p.m. on June 30, 2015
Free preview featuring Community Programs Manager Nick Malinowski, librettist Jessica Murphy Moo and a Community Partner representing the Japanese American community.
Tickets & Information:
Preview Performance at Bainbridge Performing Arts
7:30 p.m. on August 13, 2015
Final dress rehearsal open to the public featuring the cast and orchestra.
Tickets by donation
Events related to An American Dream received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Fund.
|The creative duo behind An American Dream: Jack Perla, composer with Jessica Murphy Moo, librettist. |
Brandon Patoc photo
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours (including a pre-performance event and a post-performance discussion).
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
7:00-8:00 p.m. (1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday) Pre-show activities including documentaries, presentations with people who lived in our region during WWII, and historical exhibits
8:00 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sunday) Performance begins
9:30 p.m. (4:00 p.m. Sunday) Post-performance audience and artist discussion
Production sponsor: True-Brown Foundation