"Like Snow Melting in Water," 2008.
"Like Snow Melting in Water" is set in contemporary agrarian Japan. For the most part elderly former rice farmers, the characters inhabit Ogama, a contemporary Japanese village. They have been born in Ogama (except for the two widows who were born in distant cities and came as picture brides) but they cannot die there. The play explores the reasons for their displacement. The 16th character, Yamashita-san, is the CEO of a toxic waste disposal company.
"Like Snow Melting in Water" is based on a true story. The Tashima Company acquired the village of Ogama for an industrial waste disposal site. I have imagined some of the oral histories of the people who farmed rice there in a landscape that for over 300 years remained guardian of a world more sustainable than our own.
From Afterword by the Author, August 13, 2008
16 Characters, most of them elderly former rice farmers.
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