WILMINGTON — Four Japanese affiliated with the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima will be visiting Wilmington College Sept. 23 through 26. Included in their itinerary is a member of the delegation performing the one-man show titled “Living with Father.”
Tatsushi Amano will present the play set in the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima Sept. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center Gallery, which is located on campus in Boyd Cultural Arts Center.
The event is free of charge.
“Living with Father” is a one-man adaptation of Hisashi Inoue’s play, Chichi to Kuraseba (“Living With Father”). Peter Chordas wrote in The Japan Times that, “The play, which takes place in 1948, is set in a house in a slum on the edge of Hiroshima, where the roof still leaks from damage caused by the atomic bombing.”
The Times’ story continued: “It is an unflinching look at humanity amidst the violence of nuclear war” and Chordas quoted Amano as saying, “The title is what first grabbed me. I was working as a taxi driver in Tokyo and had recently become a single father of three. I felt like a complete failure. Then, here was a story of hope about someone who had truly lost everything.”
Amano has performed the play more than 100 times since he first discovered it in a bookstore in 2008.
Amano is one of four Japanese and a peace studies major from Illinois Wesleyan College, who will visit WC through the PAX Hiroshima Exchange. While on campus, they plan to visit four classes, including Introduction to Peace Studies with instructor Ben Long; Global Politics with Dr. Michael Snarr, professor of political science; and Race, Gender and Ethnicity and First Year Experience, both of which are taught by Dr. Ursula McTaggart, associate professor of English.
Last summer, McTaggart took three WC students to Hiroshima as part of the PAX Hiroshima Exchange.