Francois Girard and a woman of many letters

Sep 15, 2011

Francois Girard and a woman of many letters

“This wonderful project started when my friend, the Lebanese writer Wajdi Mouawad, gave me a book and said I should make a movie out it,” Francois Girard explains. “But after I read it I got back to him and said, ‘Sorry, I disagree with ...

Festival/Tokyo rewrites its script after quake

Sep 9, 2011

Festival/Tokyo rewrites its script after quake

Chiaki Soma, the program director at Festival/Tokyo (F/T), needed to figure out how to proceed with the country’s biggest theater festival following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11. She closed her office for 10 days and asked the staff to carefully consider ...

Sachiko Hara makes her mark in Germany

Sep 1, 2011

Sachiko Hara makes her mark in Germany

Tokyo-born Sachiko Hara, 46, was the apple of her ordinary, working-parents’ eye. She was encouraged to get a degree in German studies from the prestigious Sophia University, and after that it seemed some sort of high-flying career was hers for the taking. But during ...

Aug 12, 2011

Tokyo theater to promote talent at fest

Komaba Agora Theater will stage a monthlong theater festival this summer, as they have done twice a year since 1989, aimed at exposing young, regional theater companies to a wider audience. From this year, however, the festival is being relaunched as an annual event ...

The future of Japanese theater lies in individuality

Jul 14, 2011

The future of Japanese theater lies in individuality

In April 2010, Junnosuke Tada became Japan’s youngest-ever artistic director of a public theater when, at age 33, he was appointed by the Kirari Fujimi Theater in Fujimi, Saitama Prefecture. Such meteoric progress (in Japanese terms) was an emphatic vindication of Tada’s decision to ...

Cava hope to help theater buffs feel fine

Jul 8, 2011

Cava hope to help theater buffs feel fine

Tokyo-based mime-theater company Cava is probably better known in Scotland than at home, but that could be about to change. Cava (pronounced “saba” in Japanese, an approximate rendering of the French greeting “ca va“) was voted “Pick of the Fringe” by the media at ...

Black Stripe gets weighty with new play

Jun 24, 2011

Black Stripe gets weighty with new play

Black Stripe Theater (BST) is the creation of three expatriates residing in Tokyo: Ian Martin, Walter Roberts and Chris Parham. They founded the company in 2007 after meeting through the 115-year-old foreigners’ theater company, Tokyo International Players. In starting BST, they had three main ...

Jun 17, 2011

SPAC says the show must go on in Shizuoka

Satoshi Miyagi, the artistic director of the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), admitted during a press conference in April that he had thought about calling off the center’s international theater festival following the March 11 disasters that hit Japan’s northeastern Tohoku region. Finally, though, ...

You're not alone in feeling lonely

Jun 16, 2011

You're not alone in feeling lonely

For playwright and director Ryuta Horai, the last two years have been a nonstop whirl of activity since “Mahoroba” (“A splendid location”) — his drama about four generations of women in a traditional rural family meeting up and feuding — won the highly prestigious ...

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Amon Miyamoto: Globe-trotting dramatist seeks new horizons

Fifty-three years ago, Amon Miyamoto was born into a world in which he grew up listening to spirited exchanges between leading lights from the stage and showbiz in his father’s coffee shop across from the modern-leaning Shinbashi Enbujo outpost of the venerable Kabuki-za theater ...