Tuesday, September 27, 2005

"The Maidens" at the Black Box this weekend

I love supporting the Black Box, but this might be a little heavy for me. From the press release:

The HopKins Black Box theatre at LSU presents The Maidens, an experimental performance inspired by the stories of the "Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. In 1955, 25 young female hibakushaor witnesses/survivors of the atomic bombs were brought to America to participate in radical plastic surgery by US doctors. These women came to be known as the Hiroshima Maidens. While in the states, the Maidens also participated in lessons on US women's customs and manners and were featured on a
popular television show, "This is Your Life."

Director Benjamin Powell, a PhD student in Performance Studies, has adapted material ranging from radio broadcasts from the 1950s, the Book of Esther, descriptions of various plastic surgery techniques dating back to 600 BCE, ancient sun myths of China, interviews with Los Alamos scientists, and his cast's own writings during the rehearsal period. The production uses non-western performance and training forms,
including karate, kabuki, and butoh.

The Maidens will play in the HopKins Black Box theatre, September 28th, 29th, 30th and October 1st at 7:30 PM and October 2nd at 2:30 PM. All seating is by general admission. A suggested donation of $5.00 may be paid at the door. For more information, call the Department of Communication Studies at 578-4172 or visit the website at <www.lsu.edu/hbb>.

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