Scene 1: Late evening, Sept. 23, 1990, at the tiny Greek amphitheater, Shin-Okubo, Tokyo

'Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more ... "

Dozens of actors, actresses, staff, and hangers-on are sitting on the steps, drinks in hand, watching a distinguished British actor perform his Shakespearian party piece from "Henry V," imitating Laurence Olivier's voice from the 1944 movie version of "Richard III."