Posted Online: Jan. 21, 2013, 11:16 am

Moline H.S. presents winter play 'The Yellow Boat'

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Press release submitted by Moline High School


Moline High School students tackle the issues of hemophilia and AIDS in its winter play

(Moline, IL) Moline High School is presenting its winter play, The Yellow Boat, the last weekend in January. According to Director, Kathleen Griesenbeck, 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.

The The Yellow Boat, by David Saar, is the winner of the Distinguished Play Award, The Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices. There will be 4 performances-- Thursday, January 24 @ 7 PM; Friday, January 25 @ 7 PM; Saturday, January 26 @ 2 PM; Saturday, January 26 @ 7 p.m. $6.00 for students; $8.00 for adults. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the MHS bookstore. 309-743-8833