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And The Soul Shall Dance
Transcript of And The Soul Shall Dance
By Wakako Yamauchi
Presentation by Hattie Oatts Marketing and Audience Development Dramaturgy Immigration Japanese Love Poems Author Costumes Audience Description Poster Character Biography Theme Play Analysis The theme of this play is persistence. It is about never giving into negative thoughts and depression. Our life should be a fight to where we can be happy. This joy will allow our souls to be free and to dance. Emiko Sans is the wife of Oka Sans. She dishonored her family while be educated in Japan and was forced to marry the widower of her sister and father of her niece. She had to leave behind her life as a dancer and singer and the man who she loved. Her husband wants nothing to do with her and devotes his time to having his daughter brought over from Japan. One night the neighbors, Hana and Murata bring over music to listen to. This reminds her of being happy in Japan, but the feeling doesn't last long. Her husband finds her money she was saving to get back home and spends it all on buying gifts for his daughter. Still she does not give in and continues to fight for her happiness For this play, I would market to my audience as much as possible. I would do this through newspaper, radio, and television advertisements. I would arrange for the actors to do interviews with all of these media outlets. Also, I would hold raffle drawings for tickets on the radio shows to appeal to humans competative nature. I believer this would generate a great deal of interest.
My target Audience would be women and those of Japanese decent. The first dress that is lilac, is for Emiko. This is for the final scene when she is dancing in the open. It will be made of silk and be very elegant.
The second dress will be one of the dresses Emiko is trying to sell to the neighbors to make money. It is also made of silk and is the colors of the sunset. A fan that has a sunset on it is included.
The third dress is for Oka's daughter, Kiyoko. It is an extravagant yellow dress, made with silk on top and tulle on the bottom. It will be important for the actors and the director to know about the important facts of Japanese immigraion during the 1920's and 1930's. I have included the article "Emerging Opportunities in Dark Times: Japanese Americans in the Northwest, 1933-1934" You left impressions unforgettableand when I view our moon your image surfacesand that love seems forever. --Saigyo (1118-1190)
I wanted to include love poems for the actor and director so they could get a feel for traditional Japanese poetry and use it to relate to Emiko's heart break of not being with her lover. Plot This story is about Japanese Immigrants in the desert area of America in the 1935. One family has been able to make the best of their situation and be happy. Another family consists of a wife and a husband. The husband is very abusive to his wife, Emiko. She longs to be back home and refuses to give in to her situation and fights to get back to Japan, where her true love and happiness await her. This is the poster that will be used for the play. It is mysterious and mystical and will capture the attention of the viewers. Costume Design Wakako Yamauchi wrote this play in the 1970's and received various awards for it. It is good for the actors and director to know about the author and her vision for the play. This was they can be as true to her ideas as possible. References •AUTHOR WAKAKO YAMAUCHI TO DISCUSS LATEST WORK, 'ROSEBUD AND OTHER STORIES' N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2012. <http://www.janm.org/press/release/273/>. Website.•Emerging Opportunities in Dark Times: Japanese Americans in the Northwest, 1933-1934. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2012. <http://depts.washington.edu/depress/japanese_americans_depression.shtml>. website.•Japanese Love Poems. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2012. <http://22.214.171.124/~jisei/lovepoetry.html>. website.•Yamauchi, Wakako. And the Soul Shall Dance. N.p.: n.p., 1979. Print.