THE SOLDIER: Director's Statement
As with my film THE LOVERS, my play THE SOLDIER was borne out of two forces: my abhorrence of any form of violence against another human being and my deep connection to Japan, where I was born and raised.
May THE SOLDIER remind us of the lunacy and tragedy of war. Second, as one concerned by the dearth of works by the japanese themselves about this dark chapter in the history of the nation, may this play provide a unique and meaningful contribution towards greater global awareness and understanding.
THE SOLDIER had its first public reading at an earlier stage at The Richmond Shepard Theatre co-presented by Asian American Film Lab and Wayne Chang of Wayne Chang Casting. The play is now complete.
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Asian American Film Lab President Carl Lee and Director Myra Sito Velasquez