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Mar 11, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
Segal Theater

ShinsaiLOGOFULLAn unprecedented effort will take place on Sunday, March 11 when New York City’s leading theatre companies join forces to present Shinsai: Theaters for Japan, a two performance benefit to raise funds that will go directly to Japanese theater artists devastated by last year’s great earthquake (Shinsai).  The New York performances of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan will be just one of many presentations taking place on March 11, the first anniversary of the quake, at regional theatres throughout the United States.   All proceeds from the performances that day around the country, will be sent from the Dramatists Guild Fund to the Japan Playwrights Association, who will in turn distribute the monies to those members of Japan’s theatre community who were stricken by the earthquake. Under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher, a company of over a dozen actors will perform a series of ten minute plays and musical numbers by an eclectic group of award-winning American and Japanese writers and composers.  Major playwrights will contribute original work to the benefit.

Shinsai (SHEEN-sigh) means great quake in Japanese.  The genesis of the event began shortly after the disaster when actor James Yaegashi, whose family is from a nearby area, called friends in New York theatre to say “We as a theatre community have to do something to help our fellow artists on the other side of the world.”  This galvanized the various theatre professionals to whom Yaegahsi reached out who in turn joined forces with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Cooper Union, Dramatists Guild Fund, Japan Playwrights Association, Japan Society, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and Theatre Communications Group to present this nation-wide effort. Tickets, priced at $25 for each performance, are available at the Public Theater box office (425 Lafayette Street), by phone at (212) 967-7555 or online at www.publictheater.org.

Plays to be performed at 3pm

  • The Remaining by Shoji Kokami, Translated by Aya Ogawa
  • From A Few Stout Individuals by John Guare
  • Sayonara II by Oriza Hirata, Translated by Bryerly Long
  • Child is Father to Man by Philip Kan Gotanda
  • Wind from Northwest by Kumiko Shinohara, Translated by James Yaegashi
  • Where Were We? by Richard Greenberg
  • Dropping By the House by Yoji Sakate, Translated by Leon Ingulsrud
  • The Length of This Play Has the Half Life of Uranium by Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Shinsai Medley From Pacific Overtures music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman

Plays to be performed at 8pm

  • Underwater from Caroline, Or Change by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori
  • Hassaku by Nen Ishihara, Translated by James Yaegashi
  • The Isabel Who Disappeared by Naomi Iizuka
  • From The Sonic Life of Giant Tortoises by Toshiki Okada, Translated by Aya Ogawa
  • A Guide to Japanese Etiquette by Doug Wright
  • Abandon Home by Toshiro Suzue, Translated by James Yaegashi
  • Charlie’s Monologue from Seascape/By Edward Albee
  • A Problem of Blood by Yoji Sakate, Translated by Leon Ingulsrud
  • From The Skin of Our Teeth music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joseph Stein

Theatre Director: Bartlett Sher
Assistant Directors: James Yaegashi (afternoon) and Naoko Mashiba (evening).
Music Director: Paul Gemignani

Sponsors: Perry and Marty Granoff; Daryl Roth; Mary Jo and Ted Shen; Robert E. Wankel, Shubert Organization and Foundation; Barry Weissler, National Artists Management Company

Shinsai PArticipating Organizations: Association for Theatre in Higher Education, The Atlantic Theater, The Cooper Union, The Dramatists Guild, The Dramatists Guild Fund, Japan Playwrights Association, Japan Society, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Play Company, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, The Martin E. Segal Theater Center, New York Theatre Workshop and TCG Theater Communication Group

Shinsai: The Conversation.
Off-site at the Japan Society
Monday, March 12, 7pm

With this post-SHINSAI event, we provide a forum for anyone interested in further raising awareness of the disaster in Japan, or in asking questions of participants from the NYC SHINSAI event at Cooper Union. Japanese and American playwrights and actors will share their responses to the previous day’s proceedings and engage in a conversation about how artists can band together to support Japan. Moderated by Anne Cattaneo, Director of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. The program will also be streamed live, allowing viewers nationwide to ask questions via Twitter. Reception to follow.

Tickets for this event are $14/$10 Japan Society members/Seniors/Students. Online ticketing is available at www.japansociety.org or call the box office at 212-715-1258. This event will support the SHINSAI project. Presented by Japan Society in association with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center CUNY.

For more information, please visit www.tcg.org/shinsai.

3:00 p.m. + 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!


Oriza Hirata
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Suzan Lori-Parks
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Tokishi Okada
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Edward Albee
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