EVERYMAN & THE POLE DANCERS
Author & Director: Lech Mackiewicz
Cast: Mathew Crosby, Kathleen Doyle, Kazuto Shimamoto, Keina Denda, Shinko Miura, Hirotaka Someno, with others
Music: Noriko Tadano (Tsugaru Shamisen)
This is a story about a family that spans three generations. The grandfather and grandmother suffer from the trauma of the Pacific War, the father is unable to break free from guilt over his past sins, the mother realizes she is a lesbian, the granddaughter is tormented by her own thoughts that her family does not love her, and the grandson is obsessed with money. Everyman appears between these characters and the audience as he tries to save the disintegrating family.
Writer Lech Mackiewicz got the idea for this drama from watching Japanese TV since 2011. In his latest work truth is told only via the TV set placed on the stage, and the last day of humanity rolls by like a phantom circus performance, posing questions to the audience. Japanese and Australian actors alternate between Japanese and English as a way to give a realistic feel to the performances. Many images are used to express modern media along with pop culture for creative effects.
Since its founding in 1987, Shinjuku Ryozanpaku has been performing domestically and internationally. The company’s enthusiastic performances won them the Agency for Cultural Affairs Art Festival prize for its The Cry From The City of Virgin, and it was invited to the Avignon Theater Festival. Since then, the company has performed in 15 countries, including Germany, Romania, Canada, the United States, Brazil, China, and South Korea. In Japan, it enjoys popularity for its stage direction that leverages stage theaters, tents, the outdoors, and other space.
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