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.