Ross M. Levine

Ross M. Levine is a published writer who “supplements” his income as an associate director of communications at the University of Southern California. He began his writing career as a playwright in New York, and had a number of shows produced, including California Gothic (critic’s choice, Los Angeles Times), Twilight Messiah (winner of the Lawrence S. Epstein Playwriting Award) and A Change from Routine (published by Samuel French). He then returned to L.A. where he’s written screenplays, novels (including The Romantichondriac), short stories, magazine articles and political commentary. He is currently at work on Gulliver’s Travels, Part V: A Voyage to Los Angeles.

Updated January 2019

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Wakako Yamauchi - Japanese American Soul

Part 1: Childhood and the War Years

Wakako Yamauchi, who died on August 16, 2018 at age 93, was a groundbreaking Japanese-American playwright and short story writer. Her first play, And the Soul Shall Dance, based on her eponymous 1964 short story, premiered at East West Players in Los Angeles in 1977. Soul launched her career as a playwright when she was already in her 50s. She went on to write many more plays, including 12-1-A, about her incarceration in the Poston, Arizona, internment camp during World War II. After the war, she married, raised a daughter, got divorced, and lived out the remainder of her life ...

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