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From Page to Stage: Adapting John Okada’s “No-No Boy” for Today’s Theater

October 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


John Okada, the author of the seminal Japanese American novel, ‘No-No Boy,” was born at the Merchants Hotel in Pioneer Square on September 22, 1923. We celebrate the centennial of his birth with a series of three programs. In this second program, Okada biographer Frank Abe shares his work to create a new stage adaptation of “No-No Boy” and engages in a conversation with Seattle Rep Literary Manager and Dramaturg Paul Adolphsen on the challenges adapting a novel published in 1957 for today’s theater audiences. They will be joined by actors who will read scenes from the new adaptation and discuss them with the panelists.

Presented in partnership with Seattle Rep, University of Washington Press, and North American Post.


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