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"God Bless Baseball"

  • Theater / Dance

Japan, Korea, and America: Three nations’past, present, and future, as seen through baseball
Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada is renowned for his radical use of language and physicality, such as in the Fukushima-inspired science fiction fable “Current Location” or “Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich”, which peeped into labor conditions in Japan through the context of a convenience store. His work has been acclaimed not only at home in Japan but also overseas in Europe. Now he makes his first co-production with Korean partners. His approach is a novel one: re-examining the history of Japan and Korea from the perspective of baseball, the American sport that has been successful imported into both nations. The result is a sweeping exploration of the influence of America on modern Asian history, taking in both personal experiences of baseball and the stories of major league players in Japan and Korea.
Precog website

Duration:90 min. (no interval, TBC)
Language:Japanese, Korean, and English (with Japanese, Korean, and English surtitles)


Thursday, November 19, 19:30
Friday, November 20, 19:30
Saturday, November 21, 17:00★
Sunday, November 22, 14:00
Monday, November 23, 19:30
Tuesday, November 24, 19:30
Wednesday, November 25, 19:30
Thursday, November 26, 15:00★
Friday, November 27, 19:30
Saturday, November 28, 14:00
Sunday, November 29, 14:00
★Post-performance talk

*Box office opens 1 hour before. Doors open 30 minutes before.

Cast & Creative Team

Text, Direction:Toshiki Okada
Translation, Interpretation:Hongyie Lee
Cast:Yoonjae Lee, Pijin Neji, Sunghee Wi, Aoi Nozu
Stage Design:Tadasu Takamine
Costumes:Kyoko Fujitani (FAIFAI)
Dramaturges:Sugatsu Kanayama (Tokatsu Sports), Hongyie Lee
Stage Manager:Koro Suzuki
Lighting:Ayumi Kito
Sound:Yuji Tsutsumida (WHITELIGHT)
Video Director:Takaki Sudo
Publicity Design:Ruka Noguchi
Production Co-ordination:Akane Nakamura, Tamiko Ouki, Nana Koetting, Mai Hyodo, Mihoka Kawamura (precog)
Co-produced by Asia Culture Center – Asian Arts Theatre; Festival/Tokyo; Taipei Arts Festival FringeArts, Philadelphia; Japan Society, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland; Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University
Produced by precog, chelfitsch
Research and workshop support by Doosan Art Center
In co-operation with Kinosaki International Arts Center, Steep Slope Studio, Sample
Commissioned by Asia Culture Center – Asian Arts Theatre

Tokyo Production
Production Manager:Tamiko Ouki (precog)
Production Co-ordination:Yumiko Okazaki, Akiko Juman (Festival/Tokyo)


Advance: 4,500 yen
Day: 5,000 yen
Reserved seating

F/T Ticket Center


Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory
4-9-1 Nishi-Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0001 Japan


Owlspot Theater


Organized by
Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee, Toshima City, Toshima Future Culture Foundation, NPO Arts Network Japan (NPO-ANJ), Arts Council Tokyo & Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)