This is a special episode featuring a staged reading of Cindy Williams Gutiérrez’s “Words That Burn,” winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award for Drama.
“Words That Burn” is a dramatization of the World War II experiences of William Stafford, Lawson Inada, and Guy Gabaldón. Especially relevant in today’s political climate, “Words That Burn” brings to life the distinctive voices of a conscientious objector, a Japanese-American internee, and Chicano Marine, juxtaposing the history and perspectives of three World War II figures in their own words.
This version is abridged by the author, directed by Gemma Whelan, with sound designed by Jonathan Swanson, and run by Rosie Lambert. Recorded at Literary Arts downtown event space in May 2018, this performance features actors Damon Kupper as William Stafford, Paul Susi as Lawson Inada, and Anthony Green as Guy Gabaldón.