Daniel Sugimoto said he knew very little about the ‘concentration camps’ on U.S. soil during World War II. So, the writer-musician went about gathering information about a significant part of life, as well as history. The result was the historical musical, “Letters to Eve.”
The musical found a home at The Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. This WWII musical follows a Japanese-American family, how they deal their with forced internment in the United States, and an African-American jazz musician captured during Germany’s occupation of France.
Sugimoto was juggled many roles in this production —writer, producer, actor, and musical director.
The Japanese American Citizens League awarded the show it’s Community Organization Award, for honoring the stories and bringing different cultures and communities together.
Stage writer Shari Barrett reviewed the production for the Culver City News in 2016, and wrote “shy teen Ray falls in love with his classmate Eve. It is Ray’s letters to Eve that form the basis of the musical, written by Ray and sent by his life-long buddy Maki from the warfront, when Ray reveals how the letters have been written but never sent home. Thinking the letters were lost, Ray only learns Eve received them after he returns home following the war, to her welcoming arms.”
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