Crane Story at the Cherry Lane from 6 Sep 2011

Playwrights Realm presents the world premiere of Jen Silverman's Japanese Bunraku-inspired Crane Story, directed by Katherine Kovner, opening at the Cherry Lane Theatre on 15 Sep 2011, following previews from 6 Sep, and closing on 1 Oct 2011.

Unfolding in the space between two worlds, Crane Story centers on a Japanese-American girl, played by Angela Lin, who is on an odyssey to explore her personal and Japanese identity as she comes to terms with her brother's suicide.

Silverman borrows the mythology and the values of two traditions to weave a universal story of love, loss and life. The title of the play is derived from the ancient Japanese Myth of The Crane, a mystical creature that can live a thousand years and, to anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes, can grant a wish.

In addition to Angela Lin, the cast includes Christine Toy Johnson as 'Crane,' Louis Ozawa Changchien, David Shih, Susan Hyon, Jake Manabat and Barret O'Brien.

Director Katherine Kovner said, "To support Jen Silverman's fabulously lush and evocative writing, we've worked to cultivate puppetry, soundscape and other visual elements to tell this highly original and visual story."

The design team includes Michael Locher (sets), Moria Clinton (costumes), Ji-Youn Chang (lighting) and Nathan Roberts (sound). The Bunraku-inspired puppets are created by Puppet Kitchen.

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