Chiaki Soma puts on a not-so-common theater festival

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In the world of Japanese contemporary drama, the action often takes place offstage as well as on. A case in point is what happened to Chiaki Soma, the program director at Festival/Tokyo from 2009-13, who is the main force behind the Theater Commons Tokyo festival, now in its second year. Soma found ...

Dramatist Oriza Hirata has a vision for theater

Jan 11, 2018

Dramatist Oriza Hirata has a vision for theater

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Travel around around 150 km northwest from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto and another, far more peaceful world awaits in the compact onsen (hot-spring) town of Kinosaki nestled on the Sea of Japan coast in a quiet corner of the largely rural city ...

A year filled with standing ovations

Dec 19, 2017

A year filled with standing ovations

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While 2017 featured many great stage productions and performances, these were among the standouts: 'Wasureru Nihonjin' ('The Japanese Who Forget') Chiten Watching this latest work by the wonderfully gifted young playwright Shuntaro Matsubara felt like being swept along in a flood of insightful observations about Japanese people ...