Black Sheep Theatre Presents
A Thousand Cranes
By Kathryn Schultz-Miller
Directed by Diane Mashia
Presented in August 2012
In remembrance and commemoration of those who perished in the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, Rochester’s Black Sheep Theatre will present a limited engagement of A Thousand Cranes, by Kathryn Schultz-Miller, directed by Diane Mashia.
A Thousand Cranes presents the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki (pictured above), who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the small city of Hiroshima, where she lived. Ten years later, it is discovered that she has "radiation sickness," or leukemia—an effect of the bombing that took the life of her beloved Oba Chan, “Grandmother.” A friend reminds her of the old story about the crane: if a sick person folds a thousand origami cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Sadako happily begins folding a multitude of paper cranes, but will it be enough, and will she finish in time?
A Thousand Cranes stars Eileah Pye as “Sadako,” Ian Reynolds as “Kenji,” Kathy Coughenour as “Oba Chan,” and features Kristy Funderburk and Steve Donsky as the ensemble.