My husband and I went to see the play, "Bronzeville" written by my friend, Aaron Woolfolk and Tim Toyama. The writers took a little known piece of U.S. history and wove it into a beautiful tapestry rich with human compassion & love. The cast was outstanding and Ben Guillory's direction was spectacular. We laughed, we cried and are forever enriched by the experience. Bravo!!
Aaron Woolfolk, is also the writer/director of The Harimaya Bridge, and is one to watch as he continues to promote cultural understanding and unity through his work.
Synopsis from the Project Bronzeville
"The play Bronzeville opens in the Summer of 1942 after the implementation of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 leading to the interment of over 120,000 Japanese Americas for the duration of World War II. Bronzeville refers to a section of Los Angeles, California mostly inhabited by Japanese Americans during that time. Once the executive order was carried out and Bronzeville stripped of its inhabitants, the now abandoned buildings of homes and businesses became a source of what seemed like opportunities for the influx of Black American citizens, mostly migrating from the South to Los Angeles. Bronzeville is a fictional story based on the truth of what happen during that time in American history when a Black family, the Goodwins, discover a Japanese American Man, Henry, "stowed away" in their new home. As the story unfolds the Goodwin's find themselves engaged in a quandary: Do they do what they feel is moral or do they do what they feel is right?"