MINNEAPOLIS — “Little Boy”, a play written and performed by Masanari Kawahara, and directed by Molly Van Avery, will run from Sept. 19 through Oct. 5, 2014 at Pillsbury House Theater, 3501 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
Meet “Little Boy”, the world’s first talking (and farting) atom bomb. As this reluctant creation is brought to life, he contemplates his origin and impact.
Created by puppeteer, painter, and performance artist Masanari Kawahara, who was born in Hiroshima and grew up playing in the Peace Park built where the bomb was dropped.
Little Boy is a production of Pangea World Theater’s Alternate Visions series, which deconstructs boundaries between artists and auxdiences during the artistic development process. This is the first full-length production of Little Boy, originally commissioned in April 2011 and presented as a work-in-progress at Pangea last spring.
Kawahara is a practicing Buddhist and from Hiroshima. The peace movement is engrained into his life. He came to study acting at the University of Minnesota, and found his way in to puppetry and and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre in 1998. His collaborative work includes A Path Home: A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh, GOTAMA: Journey to the Buddha, Beneath the Surface, and La Natividad.
Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general, $12 students and seniors.
Alternate Visions is program that gives playwrights of color time to write and develop plays, with dramaturgical resources and support through Pangea World Theater.