John Patrick Writing Styles in The Teahouse of the August Moon

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Setting

The play is set during the American Occupation of Japan in the aftermath of World War n It takes place on the island of Okinawa, the largest of the Okinawa Islands, in the South China Sea. The setting is central to the play, which explores an attempt at democratization of the native Okinawan culture. The main characters are either U S military personnel or inhabitants of the tiny village of Tobiki, a fictional location.

Costumes

The costuming is important as an indication of the ways in which the two cultures, Japanese and American, confront and influence one another. Sakmi's outfit is a strong examples of this. As an interpreter for the American troops, SaMni, more than any other character in the play, moves easily between the two cultures While Okinawan, he has adopted a number of habits from the American military personnel, and his outfit shows the result...

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