'The Realm of Whispering Ghosts: If Truman Met Einstein' directed by Arne Zaslove
The play opens in bardo, the Buddhist afterlife, where a young Japanese woman who perished in the bombing of Hiroshima encounters the spirit of an American soldier she met when he was a prisoner of war. Realizing they are outside the bounds of time and space, they set about trying to influence the decision process that led to the dropping of the atomic bomb.
"Along with the high-stakes tension that we feel as the decision is being weighed, the play allows us to experience an indictment of the decision-making process. This important project presents a pivotal moment in human history in terms of the men who made the decisions and the people who suffered the consequences.
The decision-makers are written as a diverse group of men with clashing individual agendas. Their story is given theatrical shape with highly imaginative devices derived from both Japanese and American sides of the conflict. The result is a compelling blend of provocative ideas and intimate human stories.
The dramatic structure and use of the stage was stunning - the imagination and ingenuity of the setup somehow got everything in at once, the detachment of the basic historical retrospect, the personal stake of those who were there, the irresistible but futile questions of how it might have been different, the need to see just how it did happen Nor were the moral issues fudged or obscured. "
-Freddie Brinster, Seattle theater critic
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