As American military deaths in Iraq climbed past the 2000 mark this past October, Slate.com ran a cartoon by Signe Wilkinson showing an infinite line of flag-draped coffins, each with a number on it. Hovering attentively about coffin number 2000 was a pack of politicians, clergy, and media. Completely ignored were coffins number 1999 and before, and 2001 onward.
To omit or to minimize these voices of resistance is to create the idea that power only rests with those who have the guns, who possess the wealth, who own the newspapers and the television stations. I want to point out that people who seem to have no power, whether working people, people of color, or women- once they organize and protest and create movements -have a voice no government can suppress.
Chiori Miyagawas delicate and precisely imagined work for theatre is haunted by times passing and the remains of historical and cultural memory that her fragmented, contemporary characters are left to sift through in order to become whole.