By popular demand, Shizuoka Performing Arts Center is set to stage a revival of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," its sell-out 2011 production adapted by contemporary theater paragon Hideki Noda and directed by its own artistic diector, Satoshi Miyagi.
Back in April 2011, counter to the shock and grief and consequent sense of restraint gripping the nation following the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, and the resulting nuclear meltdowns, Miyagi decided not to call off SPAC's first "World Theatre Festival Shizuoka under Mt. Fuji" scheduled to run from June into July.
In fact, amid growing public distrust of the mainstream media's coverage of those momentous events, Miyagi addressed a pre-festival press conference reaffirming his belief that "theater gives audiences a chance to think about challenges in a calm and focused way." And, to open the festival, he opted to revive Noda's renowned 1992 adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."