Saturday, May 2, 2009

FDR's Executive Order 9066: "BRONZEVILLE" Stirs Up Downtown LA

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It's WWII. FDR has signed Executive Order 9066 requiring that all Japanese Americans be transported to internment camps during the war.

High-paying factory jobs are luring huge numbers of Southern
Blacks to Los Angeles. "No Blacks Allowed" clauses limit housing choices, so Blacks end up in recently vacated commercial and retail property In Little Tokyo. When one of those Black families discovers a young Japanese American man hiding In their new home, three generations of family members struggle with doing the right thing. Ben Guillory, Director, Tim Toyama, Playwright and Dwain A. Perry, Actor discuss the World Premiere production of Bronzeville.


The World Premiere
Tim Toyama and Aaron Woolfolk

Directed by Ben Guillory

Friday April 17 m through Sunday May 17th 2009
8:00 p.m. Fri/Sat 3:00 p.m. Sunday

NEW LATC 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles 90013

Ticket Price: $30—General Students/Seniors $20. Call (213) 489-7402 for Group Rates. Call (213) 489-0994 ext. 107 for Reservations. For more information visit: e-mail:

Robey Theatre Company

Robey, a 501 (c)(3) organization, was founded in December 1994 by Danny Glover and Bennet Guillory to fill a void of opportunity for Black theatre artists. Artists of color, particularly Black playwrights, have long lacked a forum where their work can be developed in collaboration with their peers. Black audiences have had insufficient opportunity to hear these voices in an ongoing basis and their unique expression of the culture. Robey was founded to fulfill this need.

Manzanar National Historic Site

In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II.
(photo credit: Ed Krieger)

Did You Know?
Eight guard towers were built around the perimeter of the camp. They were staffed by Military Police with submachine guns. In 2005 the National Park Service rebuilt one of the guard towers. After the war, all but three of the camp’s 800 buildings were dismantled or relocated. Former Manzanar War Relocation Center buildings can be found throughout the Owens Valley.

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