Anxiety-Ridden, Post-3/11 Life Depicted in "Girl X" at Japan Society


Japan Society, NYC, Japan, Suguru Yamamoto, HANCHU-YUEI, 3.11, 3/11, Great East Japan Earthquake, earthquake, tsunami, Tohoku, nuclear meltdown
Photo © Hideto Maezawa

Girl X

Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. (followed by MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception)
Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 East 47th Street

Admission: $30/$25 Japan Society members

As part of its 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season, Japan Society presents the North American Premiere of the original Japanese production of Girl X, written and directed by Suguru Yamamoto and performed by Yamamoto’s company Theater Collective HANCHU-YUEI. This dark, thought-provoking comedy offers a glimpse into a post-3/11 Japan, weaving a tapestry of complex emotions through dialogue, the highly physical performance of two actors on stage, and carefully crafted projections on screen mirroring a text messaging-obsessed contemporary society. The performance will be in Japanese with English titles.

Set in present-day Tokyo, Girl X conveys the mood of an anxiety-ridden society through the members of an anonymous urban family: “Sister,” who lives with her rich “Husband” and young daughter; her derelict “Younger Brother”; and “Man,” her former boyfriend who now wanders the streets in search of the “Enemy.” Written by young Japanese playwright Suguru Yamamoto in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, Girl X has received international acclaim for capturing a spectrum of complicated emotions. Girl X premiered in Japan in 2013 and had subsequent performances in Malaysia and Thailand in 2014. The play was introduced to New York audiences in last March in an English-language reading led by director Charlotte Brathwaite, as the twelfth installment of Japan Society’s annual Play Reading Series of contemporary Japanese plays in English translation.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.