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Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays (Seagull Books - In Performance) Paperback – June 15, 2012

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  • Series: Seagull Books - In Performance
  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Seagull Books (June 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857420208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857420206
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,854,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Chiori Miyagawa adamantly refuses to provide those signposts that more comforting dramatists leave to reassure audiences. The force of her work lies in its jarring historical and cultural discontinuities, its mixture of brutality and beauty, its disorienting verbal and visual impact." (Martin Harries, New York University)"

About the Author

 Chiori Miyagawa is a Japanese-born American, who is playwright-in-residence at Bard College.

More About the Author

Chiori Miyagawa is a NYC-based playwright.(photo by Jennifer May) Chiori is currently a resident playwright of New Dramatists and has been a Radcliffe Advanced Studies Fellow at Harvard University and a Rockefeller Bellagio Resident Fellow. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at renowned performance houses in NYC, and regionally. You can read her plays in the two collections: "Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays" and "America Dreaming and Other Plays" as well as in the following anthologies:

"Jamaica Avenue" in "Tokens? The NYC Asian American Experience on Stage"

"America Dreaming" in "Global Foreigners"

"Nothing Forever" in "Positive/Negative: women of color and HIV/AIDS"

"Yesterday's Window" in "TAKE TEN"

"Antigone's Red" in "TAKE TEN II"

And her essay "A Mystical Place Called Grand Isle" in "Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works"

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This is an amazing book of plays that I want to read again and again. Miyagawa's writing is entrancing and gorgeous. The book was well packaged (the book was in pristine shape when it arrived - not anymore now that I've read it and marked it up!) and shipped faster than expected to me.
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The second play in this volume, Comet Hunter, is about the career of astronomer Caroline Herschel and her relationship with her more famous brother, William. Chiori consulted me on some astronomical and historical matters during the writing of the play, but I was unprepared for the impact and insight she embodied in the final product. The work of both Herschels was familiar to me, but Chiori's play illuminated emotional and personal aspects of their work that, while perfectly logical, I had never thought seriously about. Some of these are necessarily dramatic inventions crafted by Chiori's deft hand, others are inferences that historians would find logical and nearly obvious, but only if we were able to immerse ourselves so fully in the human condition in the way that Chiori does (it seems) so effortlessly.
I have helped produce two readings of Comet Hunter in Madison, Wisconsin, and have witnessed its didactic power as audience members come away talking about the (real, historical) characters, the lives they led, and the science they produced, which was truly at the root of our modern conception of the universe. As a "science" play, Comet Hunter is right up there with Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, or Richard Goodwin's underappreciated Hinge of the World. The essence of modern science is often caricatured as a series of "aha!" moments, but these great plays about science and scientists put the people at the center of the science, where they must be. Such plays explore those fly-on-the-wall moments in which great human intellects seek, grapple with, and answer profound questions about the nature of the world; and all of them lead us, as the audience (or readers) to marvel at the fact that human nature drove them, as it must drive us, to constantly explore and understand our world--the only one we have--as an integral part of making ourselves better. --Jim Lattis
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