Nothing is the Same
© 2004

NITS planesNITS George & Bobi
photos by Brad Goda from the Honolulu Theatre for Youth production

December 7, 1941. Four 11-year-olds, George, Mits, Daniel and Bobi, live on the island of O`ahu. They play marbles and peewee, go to school and church, swim in the river and at the beach. Japanese planes, on their way to Pearl Harbor, bomb their small town. Hawaii, like the rest of America, is at war. Their games are interrupted, school is stopped, they must help their parents work, and they learn to wear gas masks and recognize a Japanese enemy. What does it mean that some of their neighbors, including Mits, are of Japanese descent? Are they the enemy? This comic drama traces what happens to friendship when it is challenged.

NITS tiresNITS gasmasks

Developed through a two-year oral history project supported by TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts, this play was developed by Honolulu Theatre for Youth at the Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices Festival and premiered with the assistance of the Arizona Memorial Museum Association. The production played for two seasons in Hawai`i before traveling to Seattle Children's Theatre for an additional three months.



Click to see scene 1 of Nothing is the Same

This production's sound design by Babatunji Heath
featured a song by

3 male, 1 female
full-length one-act
flexible set

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