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EAC Drama Department presents The Yellow Boat

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EAC Drama Department presents The Yellow Boat

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Drama Department will present the play The Yellow Boat at 7:30 p.m. on April 28, 29, and 30 in South Campus Classroom #3. Admission is free.

Based on the true story of Benjamin Saar, The Yellow Boat is about an 8-year-old hemophiliac learning to cope with AIDS, which he contracted through a blood transfusion at age six.

The play, written by the boy’s father, David Saar, is the story of a family’s journey through their son’s life and how Benjamin expresses his fear and understanding through visual art.

Every night, Benjamin hears the tale of the blue, red, and yellow boats that sailed out to sea; the blue and the red return to the harbor, but The Yellow Boat sails up to the sun. Through the eyes of The Yellow Boat, the audience is carried through Benjamin’s childhood.

“Though The Yellow Boat deals with the sensitive issues of death and dying, it is a play about life,” said the play’s director, EAC student Carina Peters. “The show is accessible to all audiences and will touch all who witness it.”

This award-winning play premiered in Tempe, AZ in 1993 and has since been seen by audiences worldwide.