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Eastern Presents Hotta Kiyomi's "The Island"

 

the island2.JPGThe Theatre Program and Drama Society in the Department of Performing Arts at Eastern presented "The Island" from Oct. 27-30 and Nov. 1 and 2 in the Harry Hope Theatre. "The Island" was written by Japanese playwright Hotta Kiyomi; translated by David Goodman; and directed by David Pellegrini, associate professor of theatre history and chair of Eastern's Performing Arts Department.

Kiyomi's 1955 Kishida Prize-winning play was the first drama about the atomic bomb to receive national attention in Japan. "Set on an island in the Inland Sea near Hiroshima toward the end of the Korean War, the play presents a social microcosm of Japan in the post-war era," said Pellegrini. "The play provide a powerful portrait of hope and courage of Japanese survivors of the atomic bomb, it is a timely statement about the dangers of a nuclearized age."

J. J. Cobb, assistant professor of acting, made her Harry Hope Theatre acting debut in "The Island." In addition to Cobb, 16 Eastern students constituted the cast. Kristen Morgan, assistant professor of set design, designed the set for "The Island."

the island - justin duvalland laura cuffe.jpgAbove, Justin DuVall and Laura Cuffe perform in the play. Other actors/actresses included Michael Hinton, Olivia Beaullan, Hilary Osborn, Jillian Ramos, John Capozzoli, Cindy Builbe, Jodran Merrill, Sarah Oschmann, Anthony Piccione, Dennis Ugurlu, J.J. Cobb and Jacelyn Szkrybalo. 

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