BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present “With Their Voices Raised” on Sunday, November 11 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. A second performance will take place on Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens theatre, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, before moving on to Japan in 2013.
“With Their Voices Raised” is a documentary theatre performance based on stories from 51 survivors of the bombings of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. The performance seeks to share the human face of war from the perspective of survivors who came from countries that bombed each other during World War II.
“This is ultimately a story of peace,” said Kate Morris, a doctoral student in the College of Arts and Letters, who created the documentary using the research of American and Japanese collaborators, including Patricia Liehr, Ph.D., R.N. from the College of Nursing; LisaMarie Wands, Ph.D., R.N., VA Quality Scholar at Vanderbilt University and Tennessee Valley Healthcare System; and Ryutaro Takahashi, Mio Ito and Chie Nishimura from the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.
“Wartime trauma exerts a toll that challenges the human spirit for both aggressors and sufferers of aggression,” said Liehr. “Through our research, we found that a central turning point for Pearl Harbor survivors was ‘honoring the memory and setting it aside.’ Wisdom of survivors can inform future generations.”
As a result of their findings, the research team’s long-range goal became dissemination of the wisdom of these elders in a Peace Performance.
After the performance, audience members will be invited to share in a discussion about the meaning and message of “With Their Voices Raised.”
For the Sunday, November 11 performance at FAU, a donation between $5 to $15 will be requested at the door, and profits will be donated to the FAU Veteran Owls. Ticket cost for the December 6 performance at the Morikami is $10. For more information, visit http://nursing.fau.edu/withtheirvoicesraised, www.fau.edu/theatre or www.morikami.org.