Into the Numbers
December 06 - December 07, 2008
A Staged Reading
Written by Christopher Chen
Directed by Joanie Schultz
Featuring: Brent T. Barnes, Yosh Hayashi, Erik Kaiko, Devorah Richards, and Jennifer Shin as Iris Chang
Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago, Saturday, December 6 at 8pm & Sunday, December 7 at 1pm.
In 2004, Iris Chang, famed author of The Rape of Nanking, a chronicle of one of the worst atrocities of the 20th Century, committed suicide at the age of 36. Structured as an interview gone awry, Into the Numbers explores the philosophical and psychological implications of researching genocide, as well as the toll media saturation plays in the process. What begins as a standard lecture and interview soon descends into a surreal nightmare. Ghosts from Chang’s research appear and characters shift personas, as the celebrated author tries desperately to find order in the midst of mental chaos.
Followed by a Q & A session with playwright Christopher Chen.