Shuntaro Matsubara’s first contact with live theater was in 2014, when he saw a production of German dramatist Bertolt Brecht’s 1930 play “Fatzer” (aka “Downfall of the Egotist Johann Fatzer”) at the Kyoto studio of renowned director Motoi Miura and his avant-garde Chiten company.

Only 26 years old at the time, and a little-known author of several novels, Matsubara was impressed enough to join a drama circle run by Miura and, before long, the pair began to develop a creative partnership together.

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