Chapman University | College of Performing Arts. Artwork illustration by Benjamin Saar of a yellow boat flying up out of blue water into a yellow sun. 

Department of Theatre presents:
Student-Directed One-Act: The Yellow Boat by David Saar

April 6, 7, 13, 14, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
April 8 & 15, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Kennedy Kemmerer

This glorious affirmation of a child’s life, and the strength and courage of all children, is a dramatization of 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 eight 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 Benjamin knew 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

Artwork by Benjamin Saar, courtesy of David Saar.           

The Yellow Boat is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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