Ancram Opera House Presents: SUMMER PLAY LAB 2021

Fri, June 18th & Thurs, June 24th at 8p
Creative Movement Workshop: Sat June 19 at 10a
A Noh-inspired musical, SUNWATCHER is the story of astronomer Hisako Koyama (1916-1997) – intertwined with the ancient Japanese myth of the sun goddess Amaterasu, in a retelling inspired by the structure of classical Noh theatre. Hisako was a woman with no formal scientific training – also a survivor of the 1945 US air raid of Tokyo, the deadliest bombing in history – who managed to rise to the stature of Galileo. She did so by drawing the sun in painstaking detail every day for 40 years, a landmark achievement for solar science. SUNWATCHER is a celebration of Hisako’s extraordinary dedication to ordinary observation, reminding us how seemingly small acts can have an immense impact over time and space.
Tidtaya Sinutoke (she/her), Composer
Isabella Dawis (she/her), Bookwriter/lyricist
Nana Dakin (she/her), Director
Ikumi Kuronaga (she/her), Producer/Cultural Consultant


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