Japanese Eyes/American Heart (Original)

An original play that centers around memory. It tells the story of a granddaughter’s journey to solve the mystery of unexplained war medals of her deceased grandfather who was a Japanese-American soldier in World War II. As she tries to find out what her grandfather faced between the time Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima, she realizes that the journey hits close to home emotionally when discovers the broken lives and the lost identities that resulted from those tragic events.

10th Avenue Theatre

930 10th Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012


Admission: Free

Donations will be accepted

*Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

Comment cards and discussion will follow.

Past Staged Readings

  • Experimental Theatre, May 11th, 2011

What audiences have said about Japanese Eyes/American Heart

“I believe the play did an amazing job illustrating situations where many have gone through, including myself. To get an understanding of the world, we must learn to see life in different points of view.”

“I think Alex Matsuo did an excellent job in displaying the struggles of a young woman trying to figure out exactly where her family heritage lies. I was extremely impressed with the transitions in the play write and how the actors showed different experiences from the past and the future.”

“I found the story compelling and I only wished that I was able to know my grandfather in the same way, but he passed away long before I was born. I also like how the story talks about Heaven and shows that there is something better in our future. In conclusion, the play is educational along with a strong message. It is also entertaining, and creative and I enjoyed watching the performance.”

“The story flowed easily as flashbacks assimilated well between the different time periods. The relationship between Amaya and John was natural and built on the connection they had, along with John’s seemingly double life – one as her grandfather and another as a conflicted Japanese American who fought against his father’s homeland.”

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