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Eastern to Present Hotta Kiyomi's "The Island"

Written by Dwight Bachman

The Island Image FINAL.jpgWillimantic, Conn:  The Theatre Program and Drama Society in the Department of Performing Arts at Eastern Connecticut State University will present "The Island," their first major production for the 2011-12 season, from Oct. 27 to 30 and Nov. 1 and 2. The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, Oct. 28 and Oct. 29; at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30; and at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2. All performances are in the Harry Hope Theatre, which is on the ground floor of Shafer Hall, located at the corner of Valley and High Streets in Willimantic.
The public is invited. The admission fee for students and groups of 10 or more is $5; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens; and $12 for the general public. For tickets, call the box office at (860) 465-5123.

"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," said Pellegrini. "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. It also is an intimate portrait of the struggles of an extended family and a shattered community to rebuild their lives. Not only does 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, will make her Harry Hope Theatre acting debut in "The Island." Cobb earned her master's degree in acting at the University of Arizona; established the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre at the University of Rio Grande; and continues to work professionally as a director, vocal coach, playwright and actor with site-specific theatre companies. In addition to Cobb, 16 Eastern students constitute the cast.

Kristen Morgan, assistant professor of set design, designed the set for "The Island." Morgan previously was instructor of scenic technology in the Department of Theatre and Cinema at Virginia Tech. Morgan earned her Master's of Fine Arts in Design for Stage and Film from New York University.

For more information about the 2011-12 Harry Hope Theatre season, please contact Ellen Faith Brodie, professor and director of theatre, at (860) 465-5122 or at brodiee@easternct.edu.

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