Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise
youth is not the only thing that's sonic
by Toshiki Okada
Translated from Japanese by Aya Ogawa
"soft-spoken reverie of a play" -NY Times
"Maybe it's our fate to always wish for more, but Okada hints that something more is all around us, if only we could step outside ourselves and see." -The Village Voice
"Toshiki Okada is the Thornton Wilder for the Google generation." -NY Theatre Now
"These are the serious questions, and I, like these characters, may be sleeping through them. In those moments, the play feels like a knife in the gut" -Time Out
by Yussef El Guindi
"Richly powerful, "Threesome" is intense, colorful, textured, angry and, at times, very funny." -EdgeMedia
Yussef El Guindi,
NY Times interview
"In Yussef El Guindi’s Plays, Personal and Political
Are in Bed Together"
It begins as a bawdy bedroom comedy whose main characters, a heterosexual Egyptian-American couple, invite a white American man into their bed.
Over two acts it transforms into something darker, as all three grapple with the fallout of sexual assault, infidelity, war and the pain of lost hope, both political and personal.
Read the complete Interview here!
Meet the team behind "Sonic Life"
starting with the playwright: Toshiki Okada.
Born in Yokohama in 1973, Okada known around the world as one of the most ground-breaking playwrights and directors in Japanese theater today. His works are intrinsically Japanese, emerging from a contemporary setting with particular idiosyncrasies, anxieties, and forms of expression. He formed the theater company chelfitsch in 1997—naming it after a deliberate mispronunciation of the English word selfish. Its plays bring the intimacy of individual concerns into conversation with overshadowing societal issues. He is a winner of the Kishida Kunio Drama Award, Japan’s most prestigious honor for playwrights.
In a recent interview about "Sonic Life," Okada said "A few years ago, a certain phrase started trending in Japan. People used “Galapogize” to describe what happened to Japan. It was so isolated that it was Galapogized. The term giant tortoise refers to Japanese society. As for sonic life — what does it mean to live in that society without feeling like you are really living it? If you’re not aware of having lived, life goes by fast. I was also thinking of the band Sonic Youth."
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Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise:
Feb. 19-Mar. 13
Fri. & Sat. at 8:00
Sun. Mar. 6 & 13 at 3:00
Apr. 8-May 7
Fri. & Sat. at 8:00
Sun. April 24 & May 1 at 3:00
Chelsea Theatre Works,
189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea.
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