after the quake
Based on Honey Pie and Superfrog Saves Tokyo
From the novel after the quake by Haruki Murakami
Adapted for the stage by Frank Galati
A Rumble Productions/Pi Theatre co-production
November 19 – December 5, 2009
at Studio 16 (1551 W. 7th Ave)
…after the quake isn’t just good live theatre–it’s excellent, delicate, surreal, hilarious, and thought-provoking. It makes me want to go see more plays in this city.
The show is a must-see for anyone feeling that need to reach out, looking for a connection with someone. And fans of Murakami will feel like they’re experiencing his work for the first time while watching after the quake. Which is quite the treat, indeed.
In 1995, a disastrous earthquake hit Kobe, Japan, and the Tokyo subway was hit by deadly poison gas attacks. after the quake is based on bestselling author Haruki Murakami’s stories about life in the wake of disaster. It takes its audience on a journey where magic and realism collide, in an exploration of disrupted reality. Junpei is a timid writer who enchants Sayoko, the love of his life, by conjuring up stories to soothe the anguish of her young daughter Sala, a girl who is having nightmares of the Earthquake Man. A talking bear makes the very best honey pies, and Katagiri, a bank loans officer, struggles to distinguish between what is real and what is not when six-foot Frog asks for help to fight off giant Worm for the future of Tokyo. Together, these stories explore the emotional aftershocks of disaster, and offer a message of hope and healing.
Set Design: Yvan Morissette
Lighting Design: Itai Erdal
Costume Design: Sheila White
Sound Design: Yota Kobayashi
Stage Management: David (DK) Kerr
Production Management: James Foy
Publicity: Bridge Communications
Illustration: Edward Kwong
Graphic Design: Kristen Johnson
Photography: Ken Bryant