Upcoming play at UOG tells story of a Filipina comfort woman
A clothesline is a news forecast to neighbors passing by, displaying both good times and bad, and Lola Rosa is airing out her truth for the very first time.
In a one-woman show written and performed by Joyce Torres, a 2014 graduate of the University of Guam Fine Arts Program, Torres will depict the life of a comfort woman, whose story is anything but. “Comfort” is based on the true story of Maria “Rosa” Henson, who at the age of 16 was taken by the Japanese forces in the Philippines during the height of World War II.
The show will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 10 at the University of Guam Fine Arts Theater, presented by Breaking Wave Theater Company and UOG’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
“Comfort” takes the audience through the journey of Lola Rosa’s life — from the time she was a young girl to years later when she finally shares her experience as a comfort woman, becoming the first Filipina woman ever to do so. By incorporating the words of Lola Rosa herself along with material from other authors, Torres brings Lola Rosa to life through a powerful piece about the suffering and resiliency of Filipina women.
Following her graduation from UOG, Torres moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to attend the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio. Since graduating in 2018, she has begun to make her mark in the Los Angeles acting scene. She returns to Guam to share this story in hopes of bringing awareness to an important facet of history that is seldom discussed and to emphasize its relevance today.
Dates and Times:
7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9
7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10
Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. Q&A to follow.
University of Guam Fine Arts Theater
General Admission: $10
Tickets available for purchase at the door.