Two one-act plays, both rich in folklore, culture and tradition. Through humor, honor and perseverance, each demonstrates how one small person can change the world.
A Thousand Cranes is the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb disaster. At age twelve she was diagnosed with "radiation sickness," an aftermath of the bomb's effects. With boundless optimism, she takes an old story to heart: If a sick person folds a thousand paper origami cranes the gods will grant her wish and make her well again. Today children in Japan and all over the world fold a thousand paper cranes and lay them at the feet of Sadako's statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park . Their wish is engraved at the bottom of the monument: This is our cry, this is our prayer…Peace in the world.
Based on a Chinese Folk Tale, this charming play tells the story of Seagirl, a young girl who risks all to save her village from drought brought on by a magic dragon. Seagirl journeys up Horse Ear Mountain to discover why her village has no water. On her journey she finds a great lake, blocked by an enchanted gate and ruled by a fearsome dragon. In order to open the gate and restore water to her village, she must accomplish certain tasks which include finding the Dragon King's daughter and a golden key.