Red Earth, Gold Gate, Shadow Sky is a play written by UW Drama School Professor Mark Jenkins. The play is about returnees — Cambodian youth who grew up in the United States but were deported back to Cambodia after serving time in American prisons. The play is based on interviews Jenkins conducted in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2008 with refugees from the Pol Pot era. After videotaping interviews with eight returnees in Cambodia, he went on to interview several people here who were facing deportation. He completed the first draft of a script in the summer of 2010.
The production at Hutchinson, which will be repeated at High Point Community Center, will be of only the first act of the play. Actors will carry scripts, and the set will be minimal.
Jenkins also enrolled the help of Sopheap Pich, a Cambodian sculptor whose exhibition, Compound, will open at the Henry on November 10th. The sculptor has been consulting on scenic elements for the play, and will talk about his own work at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Henry. The play will also include a Cambodian dance choreographed by Moly Sam, who was a court dancer before Pol Pot.
Performances of Red Earth, Gold Gate, Shadow Sky:
November 9, 11 and 12, at 7:30 p.m. Cabaret Theatre of Hutchinson Hall
November 13, at 2:30 p.m Cabaret Theatre of Hutchinson Hall
November 18-19, at 7 p.m The Highpoint Community Center
Suggested donation for all performances is $5.
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