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Posted : 2013-06-18 16:55
Updated : 2013-06-18 16:55

Professor couple stages play on saving energy

Prof. Han Hwa-taik, left, poses with his wife Prof. Lee Hwa-won.

By Kwon Ji-youn

A professor couple has produced a play to raise awareness about the importance of saving energy and preserving the environment, especially among students.

The playwrights are Kookmin University Prof. Han Hwa-taik, 56, and his wife, Prof. Lee Hwa-won, 55, of Sangmyung University.

They have worked together to stage the play, "Protect Earth," at the Kwan-ak High School auditorium in Seoul on June 12. The second performance was staged at Bangsan Middle School, Seoul, Tuesday.

"I was looking for ways to appeal to young students about energy and the environment," Han said. "My wife thought it would be a good idea to produce a play about it, so we went straight to work."

The play is set in the near future where energy has depleted. In this world, a law is passed requiring citizens to create their own energy using manpower. This makes the labor force "slaves of energy."

After a brief exchange between two actors who depict this world, another professor at Kookmin University, Jang Kyung-jin, steps on to the stage to present a report about the importance of energy, science and the environment.

Once he finishes reporting, Jang illustrates firsthand how to produce energy with a bicycle generator. Students are invited on-stage to experience it.

An 18-year-old senior at Kwan-ak High School described the play as "quite novel."

"The play is enjoyable and I found the bicycle generator fascinating," she said after watching the play.

Another student said that there had been a lot he didn't know about energy, adding that now that he knows, he will make sure to do his part for the environment.

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