NewsDan and Rus at Manzanar

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Past Performances

March 30, 2014 - 
Union Church of Los Angeles

April 21, 2013 -
Faith United Methodist Church

September 30, 2012 -
Union Church of Los Angeles

Proceeds from the September performance were donated to the Japanese Relief Fund.

February, 2012 -
ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theater Workshop

Out of hundreds of submissions Manzanar was one of the four musicals selected to be showcased at this workshop! The workshop is conducted by Broadway great Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, and more).

The 2012 workshop was held at the DreamWorks' studios located in Los Angeles, CA. This workshop is attended by producers, directors, writers, and actors from both stage and screen. Both Rus and Dan were very excited about "Manzanar" being chosen!

June 18, 2011 - 
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center


News Articles

5/27/2003 - NY Times article by Jonathan D. Glater

4/03/2003 - Manzanar awarded a Certificate of Commendation 
                      by the city of Carson, CA

3/29/2003 - Los Angeles Times article by Lynne Heffley

3/14/2002 - AsianWeek article by Sam Chu Lin

Manzanar's History - Wikipedia



“You’ve taken a challenging subject and have fashioned it into a compelling and original show. Throughout, the dialogue, book writing and structure are very good. I like the fact it took a while for Pearl Harbor to happen. When you got to it, because you spend time with this happy family, it landed for me in a way I didn’t anticipate. It was a gutsy choice that paid off for you. The music is very interesting and successful throughout. The blend of the pentatonic scale with American chords, its kind of Japanese but it’s kind of American. It was very successful!”

Stephen Schwartz 

(Wicked, Godspell, Pippin)DreamWorks/ASCAP Workshop in Los Angeles 

February 10, 2012