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AN EVENING WITH JAPANESE THEATRE ARTIST ORIZA HIRATA AND PLAYWRIGHT CHARLES MEE

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Start:
Feb 10, 2006
End:
Feb 10, 2006
Cost:
Free
Venue:
Segal Theater
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Oriza Hirata Courtesy of Oriza Hirata Photo © Tsukasa Aoki

Oriza Hirata
Courtesy of Oriza Hirata
Photo © Tsukasa Aoki

Award-winning playwright and director Oriza Hirata discusses his work and his theatre company Seinendan.

The evening features a reading in English of excerpts from The Yalta Conference by New York actors, video excerpts from Oriza Hirata’s productions, and a discussion between Hirata and leading New York playwright Charles Mee (Vienna Lusthaus, Big Love).

Oriza Hirata is the playwright, director, and leader of Seinendan Theatre Company and the Artistic Director of both the Komaba Agora Theatre and the Fujimi Culture Hall KIRARI FUJIMI. Hirata’s “contemporary colloquial theatre theory” is new and practical. His theatrical practice, explained in books like Gendai Kogo Engeki no tameni (For Contemporary Colloquial Theatre), has had a profound impact on the current theatre scene in Japan. At present, he is associate professor at Obirin University. His awards include the 39th Kishida Kunio Drama Award (1998) for his production of Tsuki no Misaki (The Cape of the Moon) by Masataka Matsuda; the Association Internationale des Critiques de Théâtre Award (2002) for his book Geijutu Rikkokuran (Arts as the Basis of a Nation); the Yomiuri Theatre Award for Outstanding Production (2002) for Ueno Dobutsuen Sai-sai-sai-Shugeki (Attacking Ueno Zoo for the Fourth Time), which he wrote and directed; and the Grand Prix of the Second Asahi Performing Arts Award (2003) for Sono Kawa wo Koete, Gogatsu (Across the River in May), which was an event for the Year of Japan-ROK National Exchange in 2002.

Charles L. Mee is one of the most important American playwrights and authors. He was born in Barrington, Illinois in 1938. His plays include: The Imperialists at the Club Cave Canem, Full Circle, The Trojan Women: A Love Story, Snow in June, Big Love, Vienna Lusthaus, bobrauschenbergamerica, and Wintertime. All of his plays are available on his website www.charlesmee.org with an invitation to other artists to use them, copyright- free, as the bases for other works of art.

Reading directed by Yehuda Duenyas, New York.

Cosponsor: The Japan Society

6:30 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2006, Martin E. Segal Theatre

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