The world premiere of “Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose” took place at the Asia Society on May 16, 2013. This co-production between the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the Asian American Arts Alliance represented the second time that both groups collaborated to bring to the stage a play based on AABANY’s trial re-enactment scripts. The auditorium of the Asia Society was nearly filled to capacity and the audience witnessed a captivating theatrical experience, retelling the true story of the prosecution of a mythical enemy of the state.
After the performance, the Hon. Denny Chin led a talkback that included Kathy Hirata Chin and Gurjot Kaur of the Sikh Coalition on the panel. Judge Chin and Ms. Chin co-wrote the original Tokyo Rose re-enactment script on which “Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose” is based, and they provided the historical and legal context for the story. Gurjot spoke about the relevance of the issues raised in the play to present day, touching on the post-9/11 era and racial attacks on Sikhs, South Asians and Muslims.
After the talkback, many of the guests headed upstairs to the Leo Bar for the post-show wine and cheese reception, attended also by the cast members, creative team and talkback panelists.
Thanks to everyone for coming and thanks to all our donors, grantors, and Community Sponsors for their support. Thanks especially to the Asia Society for providing the stage, facilities and assistance throughout the entire process.