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Once In A Lifetime – Survivors of The Atomic Bombs


Before recently, I was not aware that there are living survivors of the atomic bombs attacks during World War II. It wasn’t until the theatre company of which I am a part was asked to do a show using true stories from the survivors that I found out about these amazing people.  The survivors, or 'œHibakusha,' as they are called in Japan, are a group of elderly men and women who travel to tell their personal stories of endurance in order to promote peace.  They continue to work for nuclear disarmament by helping people understand the true reality of nuclear weapons through their testimony.

Monday, May 3rd The Big Apple Playback Theatre Company has the unique honor of using the stories of, and performing with the Hibakusha.

Big Apple Playback Theatre is a professional physical theatre company that brings true stories told by the audience to life on the spot using movement, music, metaphor, text, and poetry. Playback Theatre is an expression of art and a vehicle for change providing ample opportunity for laughter, reflection, connection, empathy and dialogue.

In this unique performance, Big Apple will play back stories told by the Hibakusha.  Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the first person accounts from the people who lived through the atomic bombs and have now dedicated their lives to achieving peace.

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) Presents
Big Apple Playback Theatre & Hibakusha'”Atomic Bomb Survivors

Monday, May 3 at 8:00PM

The Center for Remembering & Sharing
123 4th Ave, 2nd FL
New York, NY 10003

tickets: $12  students/seniors $12
For information call: 914 633-7361

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Christine was born and raised in the land of the Pilgrims, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She turned in her buckled shoes when she moved to NYC to attend NYU. From that esteemed University she received her BFA in theatre as well as a Master's Degree in Performance Studies in 2004.
Now an actor, writer and broke ass day-jobber, Christine juggles her many personas with the elegance of a red panda. specifically the one in the Prospect Park Zoo . . . soooooo cute! She can be found most often in her own habitat on the Northside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

  • I personaaly know a Hiroshima survior who lives here in San Francisco. She’s a cool lady but NEVER talks about what happend that day…I only found out later when my mom told me. I figure she does not want to relive it so it is rare to find people who not only survived but will also talk about it.

  • chiaki

    Oh no..seems like tickets are sold out already.
    Feels like the whole world had forgotten about it including Japanese, I really appreciate these Hibakusya group to keep working on telling the history.
    Thank you for writing this article too.