Hiroshima, Mon Amour Premieres May 8 in NYC; Japanese One-Acts Also Spotlighted

News   Hiroshima, Mon Amour Premieres May 8 in NYC; Japanese One-Acts Also Spotlighted I Have Been to Hiroshima, Mon Amour, a new American play by Chiori Miyagawa, will get its world premiere as part of The Hiroshima Project, a four-week examination of the 1945 atomic attacks on Japan. The project includes Japanese plays of the post-World War II era.

Miyagawa's play, about finding love amid the ravages of war, is directed by Jean Wagner and features Joel de la Fuente ("Law & Order: SVU"), Obie winner Juliana Francis-Kelly and Sue Jean Kim May 8-30 at The Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster Street, in downtown Manhattan.

According to production notes, I Have Been to Hiroshima "revolves around two love stories: one, played out in memories, involves a Japanese man, who returns to Hiroshima after fighting in WWII, and a Japanese woman who dies instantly at the moment of detonation of the atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945. The other, involving the same man and a French actress, occurs in 1959 in 'restored' Hiroshima. The Japanese woman — or her ghost — haunts the second love story. Ms. Miyagawa's play, a singular tragedy of atomic war told through personal loss, is a poetic response to the 1959 French-Japanese film by Alain Resnais, 'Hiroshima, Mon Amour,' and asks, 'Who is entitled to memory?'"

The production features set design by Glenn Reed; lighting design by Rick Martin; production design by Hap Tivey; costume design by Liz Prince; choreography by Hillary Spector; and original music by Du Yun.

The play opens May 14 after previews from May 8.

Miyagawa's plays include America Dreaming at The Vineyard, NAATCO's Cowboy vs. Samurai and Ma-Yi Theater Company's the Square. Talkbacks will follow select performances of I Have Been to Hiroshima, Mon Amour, with noted scholars and historians including Frenzika Seraphim, the Boston College professor and author of the book "War Memory and Social Politics in Japan," as well as filmmaker Risa Morimoto, who directed a documentary about kamikaze pilots, "Wings of Defeat."

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The Off-Broadway theatre companies Voice & Vision and Crossing Jamaica Avenue are presenting the month-long event called The Hiroshima Project, which includes a screening of "White Light/Black Rain" by Academy Award-winning director Steven Okazaki; the presentation of little-known plays about the bombings, written by Japanese writers from the 1950s, performed together for the first time in English; public forums and more.

The Monday night readings of three plays by Japanese writers about the bombings are: May 11 at 7:30 PM: The Face of Jizo by Hisashi Inoue (1959), translated by Roger Pulvers; May 18 at 7:30 PM, The Elephant by Monoru Betsuyaku, translated by Roger Pulvers (set in 1948, written in 1994); May 25 at 7:30 PM, The Head of Mary by Chikao Tanaka (1962), translated by David G. Goodman.

All play readings are directed by Sonoko Kawahara.

For tickets reservations to all The Hiroshima Project events, call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.SmartTix.com or www.HiroshimaProject.org.