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Modern Japanese Drama: Cody Poulton in conversation with Peter Eckersall

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Apr 23, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
Segal Theatre
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FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30pm. Join us celebrating the publication of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama. The collection provides an overview of twentieth-century Japanese theater and beyond for students, scholars, and dramatists. Playwrights represented in the collection include Masamune Hakucho (The Couple Next Door), Enchi Fumiko (Restless Night in Late Spring), Abe Kobo (The Man Who Turned into a Stick), Morimoto Kaoru (A Woman’s Life), Kara Juro (Two Women), Terayama Shuji  (Poison Boy), Noda Hideki (Poems for Sale), and Mishima Yukio (The Sardine Seller’s Net of Love).

Co-Editor M. Cody Poulton (Canada) will be in conversation with the new Graduate Center, CUNY Asian theatre specialist, Professor Peter Eckersall (Australia), about current trends in Japanese theatre. Excerpts from Inoue Hisashi’s Living with Father, Sakate Yoji’s The Attic, and Okada Toshiki’s Five Days in March will be directed by New York-based director Aya Ogawa.


M. Cody Poulton is Professor of Japanese literature and theatre in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada, where he has taught since 1988. A specialist in modern Japanese theatre, he has also been active as a translator of Japanese fiction and drama, including three kabuki plays for Volumes I and II of Kabuki Plays on Stage, edited by James Brandon and Samuel L. Leiter (2000, 2001) and several contemporary works for the ten-volume Half A Century of Modern Japanese Theater series (1999-2008). He is author of Spirits of Another Sort: The Plays of Izumi Kyōka (2001) and A Beggar’s Art: Scripting Modernity in Japan, 1900-1930 (2010), co-editor, with Mitsuya Mori and J. Thomas Rimer, of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama (2014), and contributing editor to The Cambridge History of Japanese Theatre (forthcoming).


Peter Eckersall is Professor of Asian Theatre at the Graduate Centre City University of New York.  Recent publications include We’re People Who Do Shows, Back to Back Theatre: Performance, Politics, Visibility (co-edited with Helena Grehan, Performance Research Books, 2013), Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era (co-authored with Denise Varney, Barbara Hatley and Chris Hudson, Palgrave 2013) and Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory (Palgrave 2013).  He is a visiting fellow in the Centre for Interweaving Performance Cultures, Berlin.  He has the cofounder of Dramaturgies and is the resident dramaturg for the performance group Not Yet It’s Difficult.  He is co-convenor of the Dramaturgy and Performance Studies Working Group at PSi.


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