A Journal of the Plague Year - online play reading

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A theatrical reading of Terayama Shuji's powerful, surreal play about a plague arriving in nameless town and the madness that ensues...

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A plague has arrived in town, and a detective in disguise tries to find out its source. Could it be in the Cabaret Trading Vessel Pago-Pago? Or is the origin closer to him than he thinks?

First produced in 1975 in Tokyo, Terayama Shuji and Kishida Rio's Ekibyo Ryukoki (A Journal of the Plague Year) is inspired by Daniel Defoe's fictional memoir of the Great Plague of London in 1665. Both works deal with loss, isolation, and the ways people behave in the face of an epidemic, but Terayama's play takes us into a surreal world of theatrical madness and metaphor where people nail themselves into boxes for 30 years, dead plague victims sing opera, and dentists find escape through the mouths of their patients.

This is an online reading of the play's first English translation by Tsuneda Keiko and Colleen Lanki.

A Journal of the Plague Year is part of RioFest 2021 (The 15th Kishida Rio Festival of the Avant-garde)

Direction: Colleen Lanki

Cast: TBA

The event Zoom link will be distributed and available to registered attendees starting 2 days prior to the event.

* the play deals with adult themes and some scenes may be upsetting. If you have concerns or questions please contact TomoeArts for details.

To experience this event: Please download Zoom to your laptop or mobile device https://zoom.us/download

The reading is made possible by support from: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Province of British Columbia, and TomoeArts season sponsor CPE Systems.

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