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photos: Jenny Graham, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Tonight, our fifth and last play. Looks kinda weird. News at 11.
Well, I dunno.
Dinner was good, at Tot, a sorta post-modern place where we've eaten before. Good flavors, Caspar style.
That's a delicious chicken noodle dish, and asian style duck soup.
The play was ...original. And inscrutable. About a quarter in Korean. Kim Jong Il appeared (as a ghost, along with our protagonist/guides grandmother, also a ghost. We knew they were ghosts because they were performing on the back of the backdrop, which let itself down to rest at an angle away from the three-quarter thrust stage. Interesting.)
Mixed themes: the experience of being genetically Korean of Korean-born parents but raised without Korean, then going home. About losing one's American identity in Korea because "everyone looks alike," and so, about racism. About the foolishness of war, and the incredible short-sightedness of planting mines in a "demilitarized zone that, after 50 years, has become the last refuge of some endangered Asian macrofauna, like bears and tigers. Who get regularly blown up by the mines...
The strangeness of getting old in such a fractured society, and a hint at the different interpretation of suicide, East and West.
The play, written some years ago and so not intentionally topical, is intriguing to us, if only because it holds up a mirror to the craziness, now on both sides.
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