KEI KIMURA is the eldest of the Kimura children. She has spent her whole life taking care of her younger brother Sammy, their father Tatsuo, and grandfather Ojii-san after her mother died many years ago.
SAM KIMURA is an elderly veteran and war hero from World War II, living alone and hardened against the world. He has not spoken to his family for over fifty years, but remains haunted by a longing for things lost decades ago. Sam stands with the “old guard” of the Japanese American Citizens League, who condemned those who resisted the draft during World War II or showed any other sign of disloyalty to the United States. But a surprise visit from a stranger, just after the events of 9/11, rekindles memories, and Sam rediscovers things he once knew, and learns new inf
SAMMY KIMURA’s world is turned upside down when Japan launches its attack on Pearl Harbor, and the U.S.government decides to intern all persons of Japanese Ancestry, including those like him who were born in America.Struggling to find his voice and place in a chaotic world, Sammy becomes a spokesperson for the JACL under the guidance of Mike Masaoka.Within the camp, he forms a special bond with Hannah Campbell, a Quaker volunteer nurse, and their forbidden feelings for each other grow.But when the opportunity arises for him to go serve his country, but leave his loved ones behind, Sammy
TATSUO KIMURA is the patriarch of the Kimura family and owns a successful farm in Salinas, which he has run for more than 20 years. When the Army forces them out of their home to the wastelands of Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Tatsuo watches as his authority and position are undermined and his family is torn apart by political strife. His principled answers to the “Loyalty Questionnaire” set a fateful series of events in motion that tear his family apart and cost him nearly all he has.
FRANKIE SUZUKI is a law student turned activist, interned at Heart Mountain. At camp he meets Kei and the Kimura family. Frankie’s desire to protect Kei clashes quickly with his need to speak out against the injustice of their incarceration, and in particular the irony of the draft, where young Japanese American men are sent to fight while their families remain behind bars. His activism puts him squarely against Masaoka and his protégé Sammy, causing a rift between the Kimura siblings that could last a lifetime.
HANNAH CAMPBELL is a volunteer nurse at Heart Mountain, working among the internees. Curious and undeterred by her surroundings, Hannah befriends Sammy and soon comes to condemn what she sees around her. Her feelings towards Sammy grow into a forbidden romance. But her Quaker values, including opposition to the war and support for the draft resisters, places her relationship with Sammy in jeopardy.
Kenneth Lee feels blessed to be part of the “Allegiance” family, and humbled for the opportunity to participate in retelling this unjust chapter in American history. Theatre highlights include: Hamlet (The Pearl Theatre), Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Hamlet (The Shakespeare Theatre, DC), M Butterfly (Arena Stage), Snow Falling on Cedars, The Completely Fictional Utterly True Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allen Poe (Baltimore Centerstage), Hamlet (Arkansas Rep), The Suitcase Trilogy (Ma-Yi Theatre), Trying to Find Chinatown, How We Talk in South Boston (
Katie is thrilled to join this extraordinary company in the telling of a story that needs to be told. Credits include Lysistrata Jones, …Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, Miss Saigon. Katie is a member of AEA and is a proud graduate of Ithaca College. To my family, friends and D, to whom I owe everything, I send you endless love and gratitude. To Minna, I thank you for keeping my dreams possible. To Dustin, you are my favorite “unlikely proposition.” To Mom and Dad, I owe it all.
JON JON BRIONES was born in the Philippines. In 1989 he went to London to join the original cast of Miss Saigon. He has played the Engineer in Miss Saigon in Germany, US Tour, UK Tour, Asian Tour, the Philippines as well as a return to London for its final year. Recently he played the title character in The Romance of Magno Rubio at [Inside] The Ford for which he garnered an LA Weekly best actor nomination.
Marc was in Allegiance at the Old Globe and is thrilled to continue the journey of this show. New York credits include Prison Dancer (Hookaps) at the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Suites by Sondheim at Lincoln Center, Julius Caesar (Marc Antony) with Leviathan Lab and Oklahoma!
Aaron C. Finley is thrilled to be a part of Allegiance and this unbelievably talented cast. Aaron grew up in Bozeman, Montana. He is a recent West Coast transplant from Seattle, Washington, where he honed his craft on the boards of some of the regions most well-respected theaters. Last seen as Roger in RENT at The 5th Avenue Theatre, other credits include, Jesus/Judas JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR w/ Mike K.Lee,
Gaelen Gilliland was last seen in the first national tour of The Addams Family playing the crazy Alice Beineke. Broadway credits include: 9 to 5 (original cast) understudying and performing the role of Judy, Legally Blonde (original company & MTV recording) playing Elle’s Mom/Courtney/Whitney, Wicked playing Shen Shen. She has also toured in such shows as; Seussical (Mayzie), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Sound of Music.
MARYANN HU: TV/FILM: Played SooLin on the NBC sitcom WHOOPI; Law & Order; Fal- ling For Grace. BROADWAY: Lincoln Center’s SOUTH PACIFIC (original cast) Bloody Mary understudy; recently returned from the National Tour having played the role. MISS SAIGON (also national tour). OFF BROADWAY/REGIONAL: Falsettoland (NAATCO/ Cordelia),The Audience (The Transport Group) , The Beautiful Warrior (The Vineyard Theatre),The Yellow Wood (dir. BD Wong/NYMF), Heading East, The King and I (Tup- tim) and Song of Singapore. Workshops: Bruce Lee: Journey to the West (dir.
Diane Phelan is thrilled to be a part of this important and relevant work. New York: Michael John LaChiusa’s BERNARDA ALBA at Lincoln Center (Adela standby). International: Maria in the 50th anniversary world tour of WEST SIDE STORY in Paris, Tokyo, Zurich, Bangkok and Dresden. Tours: SOUTH PACIFIC (Lincoln Center), THOROUGHLY MODERN M
Ann Sanders has appeared on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Christmas Eve in AVENUE Q, and most recently in LEAP OF FAITH. Internationally she made her debut as Ellen in Cameron Mackintosh’s MISS SAIGON, and was seen in the National Tour of Lincoln Center’s SOUTH PACIFIC. Ann portrayed the role of Trina for the Off-Broadway production of FALSETTOLAND at the Vineyard Theatre with the National Asian American Theatre Company.
Will is thrilled to be back with this amazing Allegiance family! He was seen throughout the country in the First National Tour of Little House on the Prairie the musical, staring Melissa Gilbert. Off Broadway, he portrayed the role of John Truit in Meet Me in St. Louis (Irish Repertory Theatre) and originated the role of Will, in Balls… The Musical!?! (NYMF, The Lion Theatre). Other favorite tjeater credits include; Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard, Chris in Miss Saigon, Lt.