The Blue Light and the Red Priest: Two Plays by Mieko Ouchi

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The Blue Light
The Red Priest (Eight Ways To Say Goodbye)

The Blue Light: Leni Riefenstahl, 100 years old, is in the office of a young female Hollywood studio executive. Leni's reason to be there is clear, to make one last desperate pitch to direct her first feature film in fifty years. The young woman willing to meet her? Much harder to say...A thought provoking contemplation on art, politics and the seduction of fascism, and a theatrical examination of a woman who danced one perfect dance with the devil and changed the way films are made forever.

Keywords: Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler, Nazi, Third Reich, film, Olympics

Year Printed: 2007
First Produced: 2006 at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary
Acts: 2

The Red Priest (Eight Ways To Say Goodbye): Trapped in a loveless and abusive marriage, a young unnamed woman is forced by her husband, a rich courtier of Louis XV, to take violin lessons from the aging and desperate Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, and within six weeks play a concerto for the court in Paris in 1741. All for a bet. The delicate, complex, and combative journey they embark on will not only decide their futures, but also change them both in ways they never imagined. A story about the healing power of music and the journey to become an artist. Finalist for the 2004 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Winner of the 2005 CAA Carol Bolt Award

First Produced: 2003 at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary