Known for its nightlife, its fleets of Ferraris and condos with sky-high prices, the affluent central Tokyo district of Roppongi will soon go where even that multinational neighborhood has never gone before — when the launch of a program named Roppongi Kabuki will see that ancient form of traditional theater staged there for the first time ever.

Ancient and traditional, that is, except that “Chikyu Nagegoro — Uchu no Aragoto” — the play by acclaimed scriptwriter Kankuro Kudo that is set to open at Ex Theater Roppongi with renowned movie director Takashi Miike at the helm — is brand new and about as “traditional” as one of its characters being named after Darth Vader might suggest.

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