Genre: Comedy, Drama
©Eriko Ogawi
By Hideo Tsuchida, Original English Translation: M. Cody Poulton, Adapted by Matthew Paul Olmos

Original English Title: "The Happy Lads"

On the front lines of a war, four members of a vaudeville troupe seek refuse in a steel tower, where they meet a runaway soldier. With gunfire all around them, they do their best to keep their humanity as well as create a new comedy routine. it is said the men are over in The Steel Tower takes a humorous look at the nature of conflict, rules versus freedom and the ability to create our own ray of sunlight in the face of darkness. Ronit Muszkatblit directs the award-winning black comedy from Japan. In English.

it is said the men are over in the Steel Tower is a collaborative Japanese-American theatrical cultural exchange project presented by Theatre Arts Japan, which is dedicated to the staging of modern Japanese theater in the U.S.; the experimental woken' glacier theatre company in New York; and the MONO theatre company in Japan. This unique production is the culmination of an 18-month process; which included a Japanese play reading series from which it is said the men are over in The Steel Tower was selected, the adaptation and development of the play for its US debut, and a workshop with Kyoto-based playwright Hideo Tsuchida.

The project is supported in part by The Japan Foundation, The Saison Foundation, and the Asahi Beer Arts Foundation.

Preview:   03/02/07
Open:   03/03/07
Close:   03/18/07

Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 3:00 pm
Theater:   TBG Arts Center
Address:   312 West 36th Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
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Gili Getz Sasakura
Gili Getz graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY), where he received the Kirk Douglas Scholarship and was a member of the Academy Comapny. As a Company member, favorite performances included Charlie's Aunt (Babberly), Modigliani (Zbo), and Fishing (Rob.) He has performed in several plays in New York and Los Angeles, including: Off-Off Broadway R.U.R. (Gall) at the Mazur Theatre; Off Broadway Retzach (Flushed); Skin & Teeth (Orion), for which he was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama (Artistic Director's Award); Astroglide/That's What (Man), which he also wrote; The Broadway Play (Lieutenant); Garbo's Cuban Lover (Thalberg).
Christopher Loar Jonouchi
Christopher Loar graduated last June from Circle in the Square Theater School. Since then he appeared in Noemie LaFrance's Agora II, the New York Clown Theater Festival and the New York Downtown Clown Revue. His play Airport was just featured as part of the Winter Strawberry One Act Festival. He is very pleased to be a part of this play.
Moti Margolin Kamioka
Moti Margolin grew up in Brooklyn, went to Stuyvesant High School, and New York University where he majored in history, journalism, and Russian. He began to pursue acting a few years after finishing university. He attended the Actors Studio Drama School and graduated in 2004. Since then he has been working almost without pause on every kind of theatre project imaginable. Recent credits include: Billy Torch Murphy in Lawrence Fishburne's "Riff Raff" with the Subteranean Theatre Ensemble; Old Mahon in John Millington Synge's "Playboy of The Western World" with Aisling Arts; King John of France in Shakespeare's "Edward III" at The American Theatre of Actors; Slim in Sam Shepard's and Patti Smith's "Cowboy Mouth" at the Big Little Theatre directed by Alyssa Silver; a staged reading of Hanoch Levin's "The Child Dreams" performed at Primary Stages and directed by Ronit Muskatblit as a collaboration with Woken Glacier and Voice Theater; Henry Wirz in Saul Levitt's "The Andersonville Trial" with TEST Theater Company, etc. Film credits include "Cotton Candy", directed by Carl Wooley with Namshub Productions, finalist at the Akira Kurosawa Film Festival 2005; Yun Sun Cho's "First Date" which was featured at the Korean Film Festival; and numerous other independent projects.
Josh Peters Kogure
Theatre: Beyond Reason (Blue Heron), Baby With the Bathwater, O Chang Guns Toenail (Cherry Lane), Do You Create or Destroy and Hoopla Such is Life (Elysium Theatre Company). Film: Caroline By Committee, Waking Fiction. Received his MFA in Dramatic Arts from the Actors Studio Drama School. Josh is also a professional painter who exhibits around New York.
Andy Schneeflock Yashimura
Andy Schneeflock moved from St. Joseph, MO to New York in the fall of 2002 to study acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. After graduating from their two year conservatory in 2004 he has continued to explore acting, and himself, in Committed Impulse an amazing acting training created by his friend Josh Pais. He is a member of the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, VT and is co-founder of 16 Tons Theatre Company and performed with the in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in the past two summers. Both shows, "Ghost Stories" and "The Rise and Fall of 16 Tons Theater Company" where very well received.