Monday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Japan Society – 333 East 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
Tickets: $15/$10 Japan Society members.
Japan Society presents the 12th installment of its annual Play Reading Series of contemporary Japanese plays in English translation with a staged reading of Girl X by young Japanese playwright Suguru Yamamoto, led by award-winning director Charlotte Brathwaite.
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.” Yamamoto wrote Girl X in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the play has received international acclaim for capturing a spectrum of complex emotions. Princess Grace award-winning stage director Brathwaite leads a cast of American actors and musicians in this multi-layered play. Yamamoto will travel to New York to join in a post-performance conversation with Brathwaite and the audience.
The Play Reading Series reflects Japan Society’s continued commitment to introduce the wide range of contemporary Japanese plays to American audiences, seeding possibilities for development of American productions of Japanese plays.
This event is part of Japan Society’s Women on the Rise series, a new long-term initiative that brings programming and content related to women to the fore and shines a light on women who are pushing boundaries and expanding horizons within their fields. The reading is also held as part of Japan Society’s Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of 3/11, an institution-wide series of programming that examines the post-3/11 recovery and reconstruction process and the tremendous challenges that remain.
To purchase tickets, call Japan Society’s Box Office at (212) 715-1258 or visit Japan Society’s website.