Photo by Terry Lin

La MaMa to Present the U.S. Premiere of Hideki Noda’s “One Green Bottle”

One Green Bottle

Saturday, February 29 through Sunday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday through Saturday) and at 5:00 p.m. (Sunday)

The Ellen Stewart Theatre, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club – 66 E. 4th Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)

Admission: $35/$30 Seniors and Students

La MaMa, in association with Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and NODA・MAP, presents the U.S. Premiere of One Green Bottle. Hideki Noda, Artistic Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, brings One Green Bottle to New York after the 2018 London premiere. Japan Society presented his critically acclaimed production of The Bee as part of the Under The Radar Festival in 2012.

An absurdist gender-bending farce, One Green Bottle artfully illustrates our current selfie society’s relationship with consumerism and modern technology through one night in the life of a disordered family on the road to ruin. Bo, Boo, and Pickle all have plans, but someone must stay home to care for their pregnant dog, Princess. Trivial disputes and slapstick mischief quickly morph into family feuds and also, possibly, to the end of the world.

One Green Bottle stars Noda himself with Lilo Baur and Glyn Pritchard. Will Sharpe adapted the English translation. Genichiro Tanaka performs the music, which is based on Japanese Noh and Kabuki traditions.

Hideki Noda. Photo by Terry Lin

About Hideki Noda

Born in Nagasaki Prefecture in 1955, Noda is a playwright, director, and actor. He became the artistic director of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre as of July 2009 and is currently a professor at Tama Art University.

Noda launched his first theatre company, Yume no Yuminsha (Dreaming Bohemian), while still a student at the University of Tokyo, creating many works to much acclaim. In July 1988, the company was invited to the first New York International Art Festival, where it presented one of the Stonehenge trilogy, Suisei no Siegfried (A Messenger from the Comet) at BAM.

After disbanding Yume no Yuminsha in 1992, Noda went to study in London. On his return in 1993, he established a theatre production company called NODA∙MAP. Since then, he has presented a succession of major hits, including Kill, Pandora no kane (Pandora’s Bell), Oil, Akaoni (Red Demon), THE BEE, THE DIVER, The Character, Egg, Gekirin, Footprint Princess, and In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom.

He has collaborated with the Kabuki actor Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII, adapted Kabuki plays, and directed productions of his original versions of the classical Kabuki pieces at Kabuki Theatre. Noda is also actively involved in international productions, working with British, Thai and Korean actors.

He won most of the major drama awards in Japan, and was awarded the 2009 Asahi Prize. He was appointed an Honorary Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in October 2009 and the Medal with Purple Ribbon (for contributions to education and culture) in June 2011.

About Musician Genichiro Tanaka

Genichiro Tanaka has been training under the maestro Denichiro Tanaka the Ⅱ since 1989. He has graduated from Tokyo University of Arts and studied Traditional Japanese Music course, practical music course in 2011. In January 2016, he made his debut at Kabuki Theatre in Kuruwa Sanbaso.

About Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government opened Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in October 1990 as a base to promote art and culture and its globalization among the citizens by presenting quality programs mainly in the fields of music, theatre, opera, and dance. The theatre features a Concert Hall, which is designed exclusively for classical music presentations and boasts one of the world’s largest pipe organs, and a Playhouse, Theatre East and Theatre West, for plays and dance performances. The theatre is also equipped with four exhibition spaces, large/small meeting rooms, and rehearsal rooms, and is capable of serving multiple purposes in artistic activities by the citizens in addition to actual performances on stage, from art exhibitions to lectures and workshops. Currently, the theatre is operated under the management of the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.

About La MaMa

La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. La MaMa’s 58th Season celebrates the centennial of its founder, Ellen Stewart, whose vision of nurturing new artists and new work remains as strong today as it was when she first opened the doors in 1961. La MaMa has presented more than 5,000 productions by 150,000 artists of all nations, cultures, races, and identities. Cultural pluralism and ethnic diversity are inherent in the work created on La MaMa’s stages. Here, artists find a supportive environment for artistic exploration, and audiences are part of the development of an artist’s work over time.

A recipient of the 2018 Regional Theater Tony Award, and more than 30 Obie Awards and dozens of Drama Desk, Bessie, and Villager Awards, La MaMa has been a creative home for thousands of artists, many of whom have made lasting contributions to the arts, including Blue Man Group, Ping Chong, André De Shields, Adrienne Kennedy, Harvey Fierstein, Diane Lane, Warren Leight, Michael Mayer, Tadeusz Kantor, Bette Midler, Meredith Monk, Peter Brook, David and Amy Sedaris, Julie Taymor, Kazuo Ohno, Marc Shaiman, and Scott Wittman.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit La MaMa’s website.

Featured photo by Terry Lin.

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