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Autumn Gardening

Mariko Abe is a"hibakusha," a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing. She is asked to tell her story in public, but risks losing her medical coverage for injuries she suffered. health coverage. Can she find the courage to speak out, in hopes it will never happen again?

  • Mae Stroshane
    Measured by the Soul: The Life of Joseph Carey Merrick
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay, Short Script, Television Script
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Atlanta International Screenplay Contest
    August 15, 2019
Writer Biography - Mae Stroshane

Mae Stroshane is a songwriter and and author of "Measured by the Soul: The Life of Joseph Carey Merrick," aka the "Elephant Man." Her short story, "Autumn Gardening," first appeared in "The Forbidden Stitch: An American Women's Anthology " in 1990. Since that time, "Autumn Gardening" has appeared in over five anthologies and has been used as a teaching tool for students studying the Hiroshima bombing.
Mae has also published a novel, "The Apeman's Tale," and over 40 original songs and piano music. She lives in Boston with her husband.

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Writer Statement

I wrote "Autumn Gardening" in 1985 when I was pregnant with my first child. The threat of nuclear war was strong, and after hearing a Hiroshima survivor tell of his experiences, I was moved to write this story of Mariko Abe. We must listen to survivors and their message: "Never Again."