Canadian theater has conventionally comprised dialogic plays in the English tradition modeled on Shakespeare, and French-Canadian-style visual theater. However in the last ten years or so, this has undergone a transformation. Dissatisfied with the snobbery of theater created by white people, new Canadians like refugees and immigrants have kickstarted the examination and dramatization of their own issues by themselves. Examples of theater by new Canadians are being brought to Japan for consecutive performances of some of the latest works in contemporary Canadian theater, which organizers hope will provide a breath of fresh theatrical air. As well as selecting works by up-and-coming playwrights in their 30s and 40s to be performed in Japan for the first time, Theatre Office Natori has assigned directors of a similar age in order to emphasize the “now” of the series. The third play in the series to be performed is”Elephant Song”, an intimate psychological drama set in a mental hospital.
Writer: Nicolas Billon,
Translation: Toyoshi Yoshihara
Director: Takuya Senda
Michael Aleen: Kazumasa Sagawa
Dr. Greenberg: Sokyu Fujita
Nurse Peterson: Midori Ando
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As well as producing performances for the Minoru Betsuyaku International Exchange series, consecutive performances of some of the latest works in contemporary Canadian theater and a selection of modern Russian plays, Theatre Office Natori also produces overseas performances, municipal productions, and contemporary dance. For its Ibsen contemporary theater series, the company staged twelve works.
THEATER OFFICE NATORI
USUI Bldg#301,2-21-7, Sakura-Shimmachi, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0015
Shimokitazawa[GEKI]Shougekijou (Setagaya City, Tokyo)