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Father and son Churchills on stage together

"Playwright Tom Churchill, left, with son Loren Churchill. The two will perform together in a fund-raising sneak preview of Tom Churchill's new play, A String of Pearls.Joan Soltys/staff photoTom Churchill and Loren Churchill will entertain together at Bayview Hall this Saturday: Tom presenting a sneak preview of his upcoming drama, A String of Pearls, and Loren performing his popular song and character monologues in Alive in Many Voices. The 8 p.m. event on Sept. 30 is a fund raiser for the production of A String of Pearls, scheduled to open on Feb. 16, 2001 and running for six performances. Tickets for the preview show are $10.Churchill's play is the story of the enduring friendship between two young women, beginning in 1941 on the eve of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. One girl is the daughter of an American general; the other is a Japanese-American who is interned in a relocation camp, and whose father is arrested and falsely accused of spying.The drama follows the friendship for 30 years, and concludes with a meeting between the two women and a survivor of Hiroshima at the Atomic Dome, now a significant symbol of world peace.A String of Pearls is directed by Carrie Nath and stars Kathy Hsieh and Kelly Lloyd. The cast also includes new and experienced actors from South Whidbey, such as Gail Fleming, Loren Churchill and Barton Cole. David Churchill will design the lighting, and original music is by Ed Gottstein.The play will open at Bayview on Feb. 16, the anniversary of the Civilian Exclusion Order 33 that sent thousands of Japanese-Americans to relocation camps during World War II.Financial assistance to produce the play is still needed. Contact Churchill if you would like to be a patron of A String of Pearls. "

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