The Pink Dress
November 5 - 20, 2005
A Triumvirate Pi Theatre production
When a country is at war, how does it treat people who look like those we're fighting? What lessons can we learn from the past?
Tsuki is a young Japanese American girl living in the Amache Relocation camp in Colorado during WWII. Faced with wearing the required drab green uniform to her junior high school graduation, Tsuki decides to wear her sister's pink dress to prove she is an individual.
This poignant puppet theater piece, which premiered June 2005 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, is based on the author's family. Bunraku-style puppets, colorful sets and original music bring to life an inspiring story about celebrating identity and individuality in the face of racism.
"Exceptionally well-crafted and imaginatively staged. More power to you and our profound thanks" - M. E. Kanda, (formerly of Block 6G, Barrack 10E, Camp Amache)
Former relocation camp internees spoke after weekday school matinees.
A moving photo exhibition of the internment was displayed in Celebration Hall.
This production was supported by the Arts & Diversity Committee of St. Paul Travelers, the Twin Cities Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota.
- Written and directed by Leslie Kitashima Gray
- Puppet design and graphic by Beth Peterson
- Music by Michael A. Gray
- Photos by Leslie Gray
"I loved the Pink Dress. I like best the moral of the story because everyone is different." - Lacy Wright, age 8