Calling Aphrodite


May 06 - May 06, 2005

A Staged Reading

Written by Velina Hasu Houston
Directed by Patrizia Acerra

Featuring: Jaii Beckley, Stephanie Gaddy, Soojin Park, Frank Platis, Marc Rita, and Elaine Robinson

Dramaturg: Kyle Gorden

Columbia College Chicago, Ferguson Theatre, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 7:00 pm

In Calling Aphrodite, the exquisite and distinctive Keiko Kimura’s life is critically altered when war arrives in Japan. Standing at ground zero in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb falls, she is horribly disfigured. An American philanthropist engages a New York surgeon to take on the case of Keiko and other women scarred in the bombing - “the Hiroshima Maidens” of legend. As Keiko’s crisis crosses borders, her life becomes a quest for enlightenment, restoring her faith in humanity’s integrity and grace.

Followed by a Q & A session with playwright Velina Hasu Houston.

Presented in partnership with Columbia College’s Center for Asian Arts and Media (www.asianartsandmedia.org), as part of the Woman Warrior Festival 2005 (www.asianartsandmedia.org/womanwarrior2005.) The Center for Asian Arts and Media is a multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to supporting, promoting and presenting arts and media programs by and about Asians and Asian Americans.