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Standing alone, high up on the balcony of the Musicasa theater in Tokyo, the character of Jane — a wife, mother and a victim of domestic abuse — leaves a red analog phone with a coiled cable hanging over the balustrade.

“That’s a bit of poetic license,” says British artist and director Tania Coke, who is playing the role of Jane in the upcoming production of a play titled “Disturbance.” “She tried to contact the outside world for help, but help didn’t come. The phone is just dangling, unanswered.”

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