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awaekening (2000)
by Chiori Miyagawa

directed by Sonoko Kawahara


A story of one woman's sexual and spiritual awakening told through text, movement and music. Inspired by the novel The Awakening, the play concurrently explores the story of the novel's heroine, Edna and that of the novel's author, Kate Chopin. Edna is a passionate young woman caught in an oppressive marriage, yearning for liberation from a life of longing and missing; Kate was an artist who suffered greatly from the controversy caused by her heroine's actions. Both transcend their situations: Edna walks into the ocean at the end of her story and Kate Chopin defies all her critics by writing a novel that is read into the next century. And this one.

"With an excellent cast across
the board, amazing sound and
set design, not to mention creative
choreography both director
Kawahara and playwright Miyagawa
created something quiet and compelling"
-Show Business, November 22-28, 2000
(Minda Cowen)

“Kate Chopin's tale of a woman
'awakening' gets a brand new life"
-The Villager, November 8, 2000 (David Singer)

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November 2000
P.S. 122, 2nd Floor Theater, NYC
Music: Daniel Sonenberg
Lyricist: Mark Campbell
Lights: Frank DenDanto III
Sets: David Korins
Costumes: Theresa Squire
Sound: Brian Hallas
Dramaturg: Judythe Cohen
Brian Nishii, Charles Parnell, Hope Salas,
Margi Sharp, Sophia Skiles, Dale Soules, Tony Speciale