The RedSoil Theater Company in Hollywood presents two haunting stories from Japan and Rwanda: “Hanjo” by Yukio Mishima and “Left to Tell,” adapted from the book by Immaculée Ilibagiza.
The productions, directed by Eriko Azuma at the Theater of NOTE, continue their run through June 22.
“Hanjo” is a tragic yet beautiful story with a rawness of words and bodies. It is a story of waiting as an active choice that asks if one can wait for something forever without a guarantee of getting it in the end. Is it stupid to keep waiting? Does that person you are waiting for actually exist or is he your mere imagination? Can an artist intrude in somebody else’s life for the sake of art? Is that right? Is that justified?
“Left To Tell” is a story from Rwanda in April 1994, where neighbors, friends and families who shared the same land and beliefs, killed each other, one by one, by hand. It all started when they were given ID cards to which “superior” or “inferior” tribe they belonged to by German settlers. The number of the victims reached 800,000 in 100 days. This unimaginable story will be told with humor, raw truth, and interesting theatricality.
Remaining performances are tonight at 8:30 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m., June 17 at 4 p.m., June 18 at 8:30 p.m. and June 22 at 5 p.m.
Presale general admission is $10 presale, $12 at the door. Students/senior pre-sale $8 (code: studentyo), $10 at the door.
Theater of NOTE is located at 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.
Visit http://hollywoodfringe.org/projects/773 for more information.