Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2013, 11:55 am

Moline High School winter play

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Press release submitted by Moline High School



At the Moline High School auditorium.


What: "The Yellow Boat" by David Saar. Winner of Distinguished Play Award, The Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices

When: Thursday, January 24 @ 7 PM; Friday, January 25 @ 7 PM; Saturday, January 26 @ 2 PM; Saturday, January 26 @ 7 PM

Where: At the Moline High School auditorium

How Much: $6.00 for students; $8.00 for adults. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the MHS bookstore. 309-743-8833



Synopsis: The story of The Yellow Boat is a glorious affirmation of a child's life and the strength and courage of all children. This dramatization is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications. A uniquely gifted visual artist, Benjamin's buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors and shapes in his fanciful drawings and paintings. A Scandinavian folksong tells of three little boats: "One was blue, one was red and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home, too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun." Benjamin always concluded his bedtime ritual by saying, "Mom, you can be the red boat or the blue boat, but I am the yellow boat." Benjamin's remarkable voyage continues to touch audiences around the world.