After eight years as artistic director for drama at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, Keiko Miyata, 60, is now tackling her final program there before passing the baton to 39-year-old Eriko Ogawa, who is set to become the theater’s youngest-ever director in September.

Rather than bowing out with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, though, Miyata will mark this occasion by staging “Morning Disappearance” (“Kieteikunara Asa”), a contemporary drama she commissioned from emerging playwright and director Ryuta Horai.

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