|Award-winning actor/writer Jude Narita performs at Cal Poly Pomona on March 21.|
Award-winning actor/writer Jude Narita will provide a benefit performance of her one-woman play ?Stories Waiting to be Told: The Wilderness Within? at Cal Poly Pomona in the University Theatre on Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Funds will benefit multicultural education at the university.
?Stories Waiting to be Told? was written and produced by Narita. It celebrates Asian and Asian-American women (some of whom are Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Cambodian) as they redefine themselves within the American dream.
Narita is internationally recognized for her nuanced portrayals of Asian and Asian-American characters who truly reflect different heritages and cultures. Her stellar performances in ?Coming Into Passion: Song for a Sansei??which she wrote and produced?won her the Los Angeles Drama Critic?s Circle Award, a Drama-Logue Award and VESTA award, among others.
General admission for the performance is $25. A special package including premier seating for two and a VIP post-performance reception with Narita is also available for $300. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (909) 869-3500 or in person at the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences Dean?s Office (Building 5, Room 158). For sponsorship information, call Lisa Nashua at (909) 869-6848.
Proceeds from this performance will go toward the Michi Nishiura & Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair in Multicultural Studies, which is devoted to promoting the interdisciplinary study of ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States. The chair will design programs that will prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to function positively in a culturally and ethnically diverse society. Students will explore arts and literature, language and philosophy as well as examine historical, political, social, educational, economic and cultural developments that have affected ethnic minorities in the United States.
Born in California, Michi Nishiura Weglyn was incarcerated as a teenager during World War II with more than 112,000 people of Japanese ancestry. Later, she became a successful costume designer and was the first Japanese American woman to achieve national prominence in this field. In 1976, she published her seminal work, ?Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America?s Concentration Camps,? the first major book on the subject written from the perspective of an internee. Additionally, she worked to give redress to internees both in this country and in South America.
Walter Weglyn fled to the U.S. from Holland in 1947. Once here, he established himself as a successful perfume chemist and married Michi in 1950. Walter was one of the few Jewish children from his hometown to survive the holocaust and empathized with Michi?s passion for redress and social justice. Together, they fought for civil rights, social justice and equality. He served as the co-researcher of her groundbreaking book.