Genre: Drama
Theatre Arts Japan will produce 3 short stories written or inspired by Three Japanese Masters

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)

Preview:   05/06/05
Open:   05/12/05
Close:   05/22/05

Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm Premier: May 6th, 7th, 8th (Reservation for advance sales tickets must be made 2 days prior to each performance)
Theater:   Common Basis Theatre
Address:   750 Eighth Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:At box office $15 Advance Sales $10 Premier Free
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Theatre Arts Japan at (646) 554-6557
Company: Theatre Arts Japan         Official Web Site: home.earthlink.net/~theatreartsja