The Tokyo-based Ryuzanji Company has been pushing the boundaries of contemporary drama since it was founded by director/actor Show Ryuzanji (whose real name is Shoji Fujioka) in 1984. Now, it is coproducing a huge musical with Toshima Ward centered on the northern Tokyo hub of Ikebukuro.

Ryuzanji has enlisted the help of fellow directors Tengai Amano and Yu Murai for the project, which is to realize — with a cast of 53, including newcomers and veterans — a 21st-century version of “Chikyu Kudosetsu (Hollow Earth Theory)” that does justice to the genius of its creator, avant-garde dramatist Shuji Terayama (1935-83).

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