Nothing is the Same

  • Jan 19, 2018 - Mar 4, 2018
  • Sierra Madre Playhouse
"Wow!...Tim Dang directs two distinct casts with abundant assured you will be charmed, delighted, and moved by eight of the most talented Asian-American up-and-comers in town."  - Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA
"Captivating," "thought-provoking" and "to be enjoyed by young and old alike"  ---Ron Irwin, Los Angeles Post-Examiner
"An important message for today...One cannot think of a time more ripe for making students think outside the superficial judging of people in some way unlike themselves.---Frances Baum Nicholson, Pasadena Star-News

The play follows four children in 1940s Hawaii whose lives are forever changed when they are forced from an innocent game of marbles into the terrifying reality of bombers overhead, teargas and bigotry. They try to make sense of the world, and their place in it, in the midst of intense upheaval. Loyalty is questioned and friendships are tested, but in the end, they learn what it means to belong to a group of friends, a community, and a country. 

Nothing is the Same was the result of an oral history project supported by TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts. The play premiered at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth after being developed at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival. After touring for two seasons in Hawaii, the original production moved to Seattle Children's Theatre for an additional three months.

Presented as part of the 2018 Theater for Young Audiences program serving more than 2,000 school children from around Southern California. Are you an educator? Register your class to attend Nothing is the Same by completing the online form. Join us for multiple FREE public events being held in conjuntion with this production - please scroll down for schedule and descriptions!



Pearl Harbor was a kid's paradise! Until everything changed. A true story told with humor --- and nothing but the truth.