Premiered at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist (GANKA) Gallery in 2016 and nominated for the 61st Kishida Prize for Drama (Kishida Kunio Gikyokushō), “The Pointless Tale of Kemiko” will be staged in South Korea as part of the 18th Seoul Marginal Theatre Festival, the driving force behind South Korea’s underground theater movement. Artistic director Kyung-Sung Lee (leader of Creative VaQi) decided to invite Q to perform this play in Seoul on the strength of a documentary video without subtitles. While there was no age limit at the time of the Japanese premiere, this work employs sexual depictions and motifs to convey a visceral sense of the power and vibrancy of life, so this will be something of an experimental venture to see how it will be received in South Korea. In addition, this will be the first time that Q has performed overseas.
Playwright, director, novelist, and leader of Theater Company Q. Born in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture in 1988. Studied drama at J. F. Oberlin University. Although her activities at university were motivated by aspirations of becoming an actor, she began writing and directing for theater as part of her graduation research. This resulted in her staging the play “Bug,” which won the 11th AAF Drama Award. The performance of “Bug” was the catalyst for Ichihara to launch Q after graduation, to stage her own works. In 2017, “The Pointless Tale of Kemiko” was shortlisted for the 61st Kishida Prize for Drama (Kishida Kunio Gikyokushō).
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