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Japanese War  | Open: 09/12/05 Close: 09/25/05
Theatre Arts Japan is proud to announce the New York premiere of four staged readings by four leading Japanese playwrights of today.

Sixty years after the close of the 2nd World War, Japan's memory of it grows dim, yet the shadow of World War II still hangs over the country, leaving a fear unfounded against other races. Japanese and War brings us back to a place in history whose effect persists though we try to forget.


Schedule Details:

September 12th (8pm) and 13th* (8pm)
"The Uniform"
Written by Kobo Abe
Directed by Jun Kim

September 19th (8pm) and 20th* (8pm)
"Happy Lads"
Written by Hideo Tsuchida
Directed by Michael Billingsley

September 24th* (5pm)
"Citizen of Seoul"
Written by Oriza Hirata
Directed by Catherine Miller

September 24th* (8pm) and 25th* (3pm)
"Dust Strom"
Written by Rick Foster
Directed by Yukako Yamazoe

*There will be TALK BACK & DISCUSSION
after the readings on 13th, 20th, 24th, & 25th.

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Japanese plays from the early 20th century  | Open: 05/06/05 Close: 05/22/05
New collaborated experiment of Japanese directors. Work in progress.

Paper Balloon by Kunio Kishida (written in 1925)
Directed by Eriko Ogawa
Kishida, born in 1890 is the playwright who is one of the important playwrights largely contributed to modern Japanese theatre. Paper BalloonEis Kishida's most popular play concerning a young couple who have been married jut one year. (Featuring: Motoki Kobayashi, Yuriko Hoshina)

Rashomon by Fay and Michael Kanin. Inspired by Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Rashomon (written in 1915)
Directed by Nobuo Inubushi
Akutagawa, born in 1892, was one of the first prewar Japanese writers to achieve a wide foreign readership, because of his technical virtuosity. He published his arresting psychological novella Rashomon, which was to gain international recognition and eventually become a hugely successful film by Kurosawa. (Featuring Toshi Nakayama, Takeshima Toshiji, Florian Klein, Chino Hara, Nobuo Inubushi)

The Wild Pear by Kenji Miyazawa (written in 1923)
Directed by Yukako Yamazoe
Miyazawa, born in 1896. He was only 37 at the time of his death though his literary works received enormous attention after his life. The Wild Pear is a short story written as a commentary for 2 slides. (Similar to silent films). Quiet and gentle story of life under water. (Featuring: Daniella Chiminelli)

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Series of staged reading, "Japanese and War" There was a war in my country 60years ago. (-so I hear)  | Open: 09/12/05 Close: 09/25/05
Theater Arts Japan,
in association with Signife and Woken'Glacier theatre company
present

JAPANESE and WAR

New York, NY-- Theatre Arts Japan is proud to announce the New York premiere of four staged readings by four leading Japanese playwrights of today.

Sixty years after the close of the 2nd World War, Japan's memory of it grows dim, yet the shadow of World War II still hangs over the country, leaving a fear unfounded against other races.
Japanese and War brings us back to a place in history whose effect persists though we try to forget.

Theatre Arts Japan was founded to introduce modern Japanese theatre, culture and points of view to American audiences by translating and producing Japanese plays in the United States. Our goal is for these modern Japanese plays to break into the culture of America, hopefully not only to be seen as Japanese theatre, but as theatre in itself.


Schedule Details

September 12th (8pm) and 13th* (8pm)
"The Uniform"
Written by Kobo Abe
Directed by Jun Kim

September 19th (8pm) and 20th* (8pm)
"Happy Lads"
Written by Hideo Tsuchida
Directed by Michael Billingsley


*There will be TALK BACK & DISCUSSION
after the readings on 13th, 20th, 24th, & 25th.


September 24th* (5pm)
"Citizen of Seoul"
Written by Oriza Hirata
Directed by Catherine Miller

September 24th* (8pm) and 25th* (3pm)
"Dust Strom"
Written by Rick Foster
Directed by Yukako Yamazoe

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Tokyo Nostalgia  | Open: 08/13/05 Close: 08/27/05
Theatre Arts Japan was founded with a mission to introduce Japanese Modern plays to United States. This "Tokyo Nostalgia" is an adaptation of "Two men toying with their lives" and other plays written by Japanese playwright, Kunio Kishida.
The piece is omnibus ‘stories of rebirth'. It is a story of the people, who are hurt and tired, find hope and start the first step of new lives, not by themselves but, with help of the others. These stories do not have Hollywood endings, but shines warm and narrow ray of light of hope. The ending of the stories give us realistic and positive message. These original plays were written in Taisyo era, but, the theme is beyond the era and talks to us all who live in this society. Also, it proves, beyond culture and way of living, we all have something in common as far as how we feel and experience. This production is not for alienation of American Audience, but for presenting connection as human being despite the difference of heritage or culture.
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Works in Progress  | Open: 05/06/05 Close: 05/22/05
Theatre Arts Japan will produce 3 short stories written or inspired by Three Japanese Masters in the early 20th century.

Paper Balloon by Kunio Kishida (written in 1925)
Directed by Eriko Ogawa

Rashomon by Fay and Michael Kanin.
Inspired by Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Rashomon (written in 1915)
Directed by Nobuo Inubuse

The Wild Pear by Kenji Miyazawa (written in 1923)
Directed by Yukako Yamazoe

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