After Ever Happily Ever After by Kaso Jogi
Wednesday, March 4 through Friday, March 6 at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 at 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 p.m.
HERE Arts Center – 145 6th Avenue (between Dominick and Spring Streets)
Admission: Free (Donations welcome)
We’ve all read fairy tales, right? Ever wonder what happens when the stories end and our favorite characters live “happily ever after”?
Japanese playwright Saori Aoki did. The result is After Ever Happily Ever After, a musical that will have six performances in New York at HERE Arts Center. Aoki will direct Kaso Jogi, theater collective from Tokyo that produces original musicals with Japanese cultural elements.
This will not be Aoki’s first experience in New York. In 2012, as a member of Ryuzanji Company, she directed the morbid musical Hanafuda Denki by the late Japanese avant-garde writer, poet, playwright, and photographer Shuji Terayama. The production won the Design Award at FringeNYC and had write-ups in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The production returned in 2014, when a more humble online publication — JapanCultureNYC — reported on the musical. You can read my interview with the artistic director of Ryuzanji Company and the review of the show.
A New Theatre Company with Global Ambitions
Core members of Ryuzanji Company formed Kaso Jogi in 2016. They recently spent time at the University of New Hampshire, directing theatre students in a staging of their original musical The Gate, which they performed February 19 through 23 at Johnson Theatre.
At HERE, After Ever Happily Ever After is in Japanese with Japanese supertitles projected on a screen. The theme is based on children’s stories, but Kaso Jogi’s darkly humorous world will appeal to adults. Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. show will be a child-friendly performance.
Because Kaso Jogi is still an unknown theatre company and they want to connect with as many New Yorkers as possible, admission to After Ever Happily Ever After is free. Patrons can choose to make a donation to help support the company. Pay-what-you-can tickets will be available at the door (cash only), based on availability.
You can reserve your seat at HERE’s website.
Featured photo by Takaoki Sakaguchi
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