Dramatist Oriza Hirata has a vision for theater

Stage Jan 11, 2018

Dramatist Oriza Hirata has a vision for theater

by Nobuko Tanaka

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 ...

French idol reflects on her Japanese droid son

Stage Nov 26, 2014

French idol reflects on her Japanese droid son

by Mana Katsura

As a playwright, stage director, Osaka University professor, manager of the Komaba Agora Theater in Tokyo and leader of the city's Seinendan theater company he formed in 1983, Oriza Hirata — whose "contemporary colloquial theater" set the scene for much of Japan's new drama ...

Kafka's worm takes a high-tech turn

Stage Oct 1, 2014

Kafka's worm takes a high-tech turn

by Nobuko Tanaka

"I work a lot in France, where manga and anime are enormously popular, although many theater producers think they are basically for children and are often too violent. However, they regard my robot theater as being an essentially Japanese art form," the pioneering dramatist ...