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Press Release

 

THE OLD GLOBE AND THE JAPANESE AMERICAN
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO PRESENT
"ALLEGIANCE: A SAN DIEGO PERSPECTIVE,"
A MUSEUM EXHIBIT ABOUT THE JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT


The Exhibit is Presented in Conjunction with
the Globe's World Premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical

SAN DIEGO (August 23, 2012)—The Old Globe today announced that it will team with the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD) to present “Allegiance: A San Diego Perspective,” a museum exhibit about the Japanese American internment during World War II and how it affected San Diego County and its citizens.  The exhibit, presented in conjunction with the World Premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical, will be located in the Museum of Man Annex adjacent to the Globe and will be open throughout the run of Allegiance from Sept. 7 – Oct. 21, 2012.  The exhibit is free to the public and will be open two hours prior to each performance on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays; from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays; and from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays as part of Balboa Park’s Free Tuesdays. 

“We are honored to collaborate with the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego on this exhibit,” said Old Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy.  “The internment of Japanese Americans had – and still has – a wide-reaching impact upon the San Diego community.  This partnership provides an opportunity to further educate not only our audiences but all San Diegans about this important and difficult chapter in our local history.”

“JAHSSD is delighted to offer a deeper understanding of the events depicted in Allegiance – A New American Musical by sharing our collection of original artifacts relating to the San Diego internment experience,” added Linda A. Canada, President of JAHSSD.

“Allegiance: A San Diego Perspective” contains maps, photographs, artwork and artifacts from the thriving Japanese American community in San Diego before the war and traces the removal of San Diego’s Japanese Americans to internment camps in 1942.  The exhibit, which includes artifacts that have been donated by local Japanese Americans, also features a scale model of an internment camp room and a variety of furniture and objects made by internees.  In addition, the exhibit highlights the important contributions of Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans to San Diego.  Exhibit volunteers include men and women who were interned as children, members of JAHSSD and representatives from The Old Globe.

Allegiance – A New American Musical tells the story of one Japanese American family’s struggles during the internment and stars television and film icon George Takei, who was imprisoned in the Rohwer Relocation Center and Tule Lake Relocation Center internment camps as a child.  The musical also stars Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga and Broadway favorite Telly Leung.  Tickets to Allegiance can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

The Old Globe will also present a portion of Wendy Maruyama’s large-scale art installation “The Tag Project” during the run of Allegiance.  The project consists of 10 groupings of replicas of the historic identification labels issued to every internee, including their name, number and the camp to which they were relocated.  Three of the groupings will be hung in the upper lobby of the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Admittance to this art exhibit is included in the ticket price to Allegiance and is available for viewing 45 minutes prior to showtime.  The installation is also included on the Globe’s Behind the Scenes Tours, which are available to the public on Saturdays and Sundays.  Email GlobeLearning@TheOldGlobe.org for more information or to book a tour.

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARRichard III (6/3-9/29), As You Like It (6/10-9/30), Inherit the Wind (6/17-9/25), God of Carnage (7/27-9/2), Allegiance – A New American Musical (9/7-10/21), Good People (9/29-10/28), Measure for Measure (11/10-11/18), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/17-12/29).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, established 20 years ago, is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to recognize the contributions Japanese Americans have made to the San Diego region.  The JAHSSD collects and shares artifacts, photographs and other information chronicling more than 100 years of its history and experiences.  For more information, visit www.jahssd.org.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years.  The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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