Mieko Ouchi: Two Plays: The Blue Light and The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye)
Toronto, Ont.: Playwrights Canada Press, 2007.
9th floor PS8579 .U26 M54 2007
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)
The Blue Light
Leni Riefenstahl, 100 years old, is in the office of a young female Hollywood studio executive. Leni’s reason to be there is clear, to make one last desperate pitch to direct her first feature film in fifty years. The young woman willing to meet her? Much harder to say… A thought provoking contemplation on art, politics and the seduction of fascism, and a theatrical examination of a woman who danced one perfect dance with the devil and changed the way films are made forever.
The Red Priest
Trapped in a loveless and abusive marriage, a young un-named woman is forced by her husband, a rich courtier of Louis XV, to take violin lessons from the aging and desperate Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, and within six weeks play a concerto for the court in Paris in 1741. All for a bet. The delicate, complex and combative journey they embark on will not only decide their futures, but also change them both in ways they never imagined. A story about the healing power of music and the journey to become an artist.
Awards and Honours
2008 “The Blue Light” Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama-Alberta Literary Awards (Writers’ Guild of Alberta)(Finalist)