Half a Century of Japanese Theater I: 1990s: Part 1
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496pp. May 1999
Half a Century of Japanese Theater I: 1990s: Part 1
Editor: Japan Playwrights Association;
Half a Century of Japanese Theater is a series of translated Japanese plays that begins from the contemporary theater scene of the 1990s and moves back through the decades of modern Japanese theater to the mid-twentieth century.The threefold aim of the Japan Playwrights Association in publishing this series is to offer performable English translations of modern Japanese plays, to encourage the production of such plays by foreign theatrical troupes and to extend possibilities for further international exchange in theater.

The first volume, Japanese Theater of the 1990s, Part 1, treats six major playwrights, five men and one woman. Their works range from comedies to accounts of historical figures like Korean activist An Chung-gun and Nobel physics prize winner Tomonaga Shinichiro. Diverse as these plays are, they represent the social concerns and artistic interests of the dramatists of this period.

Contents: Citizens of Seoul (Hirata Oriza), Epitaph for the Whales (Sakate Yoji), Time's Storeroom (Nagai Ai), Fireflies (Suzue Toshiro), Tokyo Atomic Klub (Makino Nozomi), Ice Blossoms (Kaneshita Tatsuo).

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Half a Century of Japanese Theater
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"This valuable anthology offers a rare glimpse into the deepest concerns of contemporary Japan. Probing introductions position these vigorous plays in theatrical, social, economic, and historical context. These provocative playwrights--one woman and five men--demonstrate the richness, variety, and immediacy of Japanese theater in the 1990s. Essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese theater beyond no and kabuki." --Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, University of California, Los Angeles

"The playwrights anthologized in this volume are the leading theater artists of the 1990s. The theater of this decade contains multifarious characteristics and is unhampered by the conventions of any particular dramatic category. While the playwrights differ in the selection of subject matter, dramatic method and artistic orientation, they are all concerned with exploring what it feels and means to be human." --Hasebe Hiroshi

Editor: Japan Playwrights Association;



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