Enemy Graces

Written by:

Sharon Stearns

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Asian Canadian Theatre
Drama

Themes:

Displacement
Family
Internment
World War II

Length:

110 min.

Year Written:

1985

Synopsis:

“A Japanese-Canadian family in an internment camp in Sandon, British Columbia in 1942 struggles to come to terms with imprisonment and uprooting in Enemy Graces.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Johnny Harris / Susie Harris / Suyeichi Nakamoto / Setsuko Nakamoto / Jill Nakamoto / Gunther Werner

First Produced:

1985, Prairie Theatre Exchange

Resources:

Enemy Graces is available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

Read about Japanese Canadian history on the Canadian Encyclopedia website here.

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Selection Notes:

I think that this script portrays a unique perspective on Canadian history. Stearns creates a wide range of dynamic characters. The script paints a clear picture of being snared and of suffocation. Those producing the play should have a strong sense of Japanese customs as the text alludes to very specific cultural nuances. -Grace

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