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I have been to hiroshima mon amour (2009)

by Chiori Miyagaw
Co-Production with Voice & Vision Theater @ Ohio Theatre

Premiered in NYC in May 2009, Miyagawafs play follows two simultaneous love stories: One during WWII in Hiroshima, played out in memory; and the other in 1959, in ereconstructedf Hiroshima.  In this poetic rebuttal to the French film, Hiroshima Mon Amour, the play focuses on memories that belong to the Japanese.

all production photos (c) Carol Rosegg



gChiori Miyagawafs impressionistic three-person play has as its baseline a cultural critique of the 1959 Alain Resnais film gHiroshima Mon Amour,h which viewed Japanfs tragedy through distinctly French eyes. Did Resnais romanticize the atomic bomb, or underrepresent its victims? More important, the play asks: Who are any of us in the long shadow of Hiroshima? In scenes that delicately muddy time and identity, shifting from 1945 to 1959 and occasionally to present day, Miyagawa contemplates the paradox of remembering a city that—surreally, horrifyingly—one day ceased to exist. The play is the centerpiece of the Hiroshima Project, which includes readings of mid-century plays by Japanese writers. h  

-The New Yorker

gcwhere Marguerite Durasfs screenplay ultimately dwells on the actress recounting in flashbacks her youthful affair with a German soldier during the Nazi occupation of her hometown, Nevers, for which she had her head shaved and was locked in a cellar, Ms. Miyagawafs stage version keeps its focus on the devastation of the Japanese city.h
-The New York Times

Read the feature article about Hiroshima Project in The New York Times
The Hiroshima Project Home Page

Written by Chiori Miyagawa as a rebuttal to the 1959 French film Hiroshima Mon Amour
directed by Jean Wagner
Performed by Joel de la Fuente, Juliana Francis-Kelly & Sue Jean Kim
and voice- over in Japanese by Brian Nishii
Lighting designer: Rick Martin
Music & Sound designer: Du Yun
Projection designer: Hap Tivey
Set designer: Glenn Reed
Costume designer: Liz Prince
Choreography / Education Director: Hillary Spector
Producer: Karen Grenke
Assistant Director: Rachael Hayes
Stage Manager: Sunneva Stapleton
Assistant Stage Manager: Adam Goldman
Assistant to the Producer: Lacy Post
Press Representative: Sam Rudy Media Relations

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