The Man Asia Literary Prize-winning author and accomplished magazine editor Tsutomu Igarashi commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with the penning and producing of a play entitled Trust: Who Can We Trust With The Atomic Bomb?
The play was performed at Move Hall in Machiya seventy years to the day after American planes dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. It also ran for several days in September of 2015 at Shinjuku-Mura Live.
The play imagines that president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in the final days of his life, might have had a change of heart and decided that the atomic bomb was too awesome a weapon to remain in the possession of a single world power after the conclusion of the war. The narrative envisions Roosevelt taking steps to entrust the weapon with the United Nations in whose care it might serve as a universal deterrent to war and usher in a new era of peace.
Such a proposal was, in fact, made by several of the scientists who had worked on perfecting the bomb for the Americans. By considering this proposition in the context of the end of the second world war, Mr. Igarashi reminds the audience in a powerful and dramatic way of the massive potential for destruction that is today spread throughout the world. Oh, what the world powers might have accomplished instead had they not spent the last seven decades building new WDMs in a string of cold wars!
While authored by a Japanese, Trust is a startlingly balanced work and surprisingly sympathetic to the American struggle. Mr. Igarashi’s narrative speaks fair and true to all who long for peace.
Recognizing the importance of this work and hoping that it will be read and performed around the world, Diplomatt Press has published a bilingual edition of the entire play, which can be purchased through our offices. Diplomatt is also prepared to reduce or even wave performance fees for educational institutions that wish to put on performances of this powerful play. Please contact us to order copies of the work or for more information.