Enjoy, by Toshiki Okada, at 59E59 from 27 Mar
The Obie award-winning Off-Broadway theatre company, The Play Company, will present the English-language premiere of Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada' Enjoy, opening at 59E59's Theater B on 6 Apr 2010, following previews from 27 Mar and running through to 25 Apr 2010.
Described as an offbeat comedy of 21 century manners, Enjoy follows the romantic adventures of 20 and 30-something workers at a Tokyo manga *café. The play creates a portrait of Japanese youth culture adrift and the gathering storm of economic uncertainty in their future.
*Manga cafes are popular spots in Japan where people pay for space and time to read 'manga' - Japanese comic books of graphic novels - along with access to video games, television, internet, showers and food services.
Directed by Dan Rothenberg, Enjoy features Kris Kling, Steven Boyer, Joseph Midyett, Alex Torra, Kira Sternbach, Stacey Yen, Mary McCool, Jessica Almasy and Frank Harts.
Enjoy features scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Maiko Matsushima, lighting design by James Clotfelter and sound design is by Daniel Kluger.
Playwright Toshiki Okada was born in 1973 and formed the theater company chelfitsch in 1997. He is known for his use of hyper-colloquial Japanese and unique choreography. In 2005, 'Five Days in March' won the prestigious 49th Kishida Drama Award. In 2007 his collection of novels 'The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed' debuted and was awarded the Kenzaburo Oe Prize.In 2008, he presented 'Freetime,' a piece co-produced by KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS, Wiener Festwochen, and Festival d'Automne. In 2009, his newest piece Hot Pepper, along with Air Conditioner, and The Farewell Speech, was premiered in Berlin, in co-production with HAU.
Director Dan Rothenberg, who most recently directed "Chekhov Lizardbrain", is a founding member and co-artistic director of the Pig Iron Theatre Company. Dan has directed almost all of Pig Iron's original performance works, including 'Poet in New York,' 'Gentlemen Volunteers,' 'Isabella,' 'Pay Up,' 'The Lucia Joyce Cabaret,' and the OBIE Award-winning 'Hell Meets Henry Halfway.'
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