In South Korea, a newspaper company and a playwrights’ association put out a call for new works each year, in a contest called “Literary Arts for the New Year.” The Young Korean Playwrights Series loses no time in giving Japanese audiences their first opportunity to view prizewinning works from the play category of this contest, which is a gateway to success for young writers.
The aims of this series are to showcase the talent of writers who will play a key role in the future of South Korean theater, to provide an opportunity for actors, writers and audiences alike to think about the future of Japanese and South Korean drama, and to share contemporary social problems with audiences through the incisive insights into society that are a common feature of the prizewinning works. This, the third in the series, features three short works on the theme “Whirlpools in the Imagination: the Raw Reality of the Modern Age,” which won awards in 2013. They depict an aspect of modern life, in which joy and pain greater than reality is sometimes found in delusions, myths, the Internet, and games.
Yearning for Fairy Tales
Written by KIM Sungje, translated by KIM Seil, directedby ARAKAWA Takayo
Senility Hamlet, Sadness Village, Depression County
Written by LEE Mikyung, translated by LEE Jiyoung, directed by SUZUKI Atsuto
The Outrageous Roommate
Written by IM Unjung, translated by NAKATSUKA Emiko, directed by YOSHIMURA Yuu
Performers: KUNUGI Tatsuya, SAKAMOTO Yoshie, NAMAI Mizuki, HONKE Norihisa, and others
Staff: KANEDA Mitsuru, KUBONIWA Naoko, SUZUKI Mirano, LEE Yuni, and others
Coordinator: SEAMI project
Established in 2011 as a testing ground for the discovery and imagining of unique forms of expression, this group is the successor to a group of Japanese who studied “breath acting” with Street Theatre Troupe (Busan), which is led by the stage director Lee Yuntaek. It has staged a joint Japanese and South Korean performance of Les Bonnes, a collaborative work by Tiny Alice and Street Theatre Troupe. Since then, it has translated and staged several South Korean plays for the Young Korean Playwrights Series. Fall Rain, a work in this series, won scriptwriting and acting prizes at the Miryang Summer Performing Arts Festival 2012.
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Tiny Alice (Shinjuku City, Tokyo)