Based on the Japanese folk tale “Tsuru no Ongaeshi” (“The crane who returned a favor”) and reset in the present, this one-man stage play portrays a woman living in Tokyo. Three boomboxes on stage play the story of “Tsuru no Ongaeshi” while similar present-day events unfold on stage.
Instead of presenting the somber, serious-feeling theme as is, Ozawa has expanded and developed the theme in a revamped production that gives more prominence to the theme as he originally intended it to be, creating an enjoyable piece of stage entertainment. He achieves this through stage design that features some spectacular contrivances, by change after change of costume, by music that gives you a real sense of live music performance at the theater, and by multiplying the theatrical entertainment factor of these elements.
Performed by: Michinari Ozawa
Written and directed by: Michinari Ozawa
Set design: Kie Yamamoto
Stage direction: Keisuke Uramoto＋Shifukudan
Lighting: Kaori Minami
Sound: Jun Horie
Costumes: Kyoko Fujitani
Hair and makeup: Tomoka Sasagawa
Stage assistant: Kouichi Isoda
Rehearsal stand-in: Satomi Sugiyama
Publicity art: Kantaro Fujio
Photography: Susumu Miyawaki
Official writer: Yoshiaki Yokogawa
Director of making-of video : Kouhei Taniguchi
Producer: Momoko Handa
Production assistant: Saki Shibata
Tickets: Shion Murata
Planning/production/organization: EPOCH MAN
A theater company started in 2013 by actor Michinari Ozawa, who not only performs but does all scriptwriting, direction, design and planning himself. One of the troupe’s characteristics is the way it reveals people’s hearts and minds and its delicate, persistent yet brisk production style. While offering a measured depiction of the obstacles and anguish generated when someone with a problem tries to move forward, its productions provoke audience laughter through uniquely theatrical techniques. Ozawa develops and produces each performance project with the involvement of various friends as well as favorite actors and production crew members he meets along the way.
Honda Theater, Setagaya City, Tokyo