Kafka on the Shore, WWII Coming-of-Age Tale at Steppenwolf Theatre
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This is the second show I've seen Frank adapt from Murakami. I enjoyed after the quake more as a play than I enjoyed Kafka on the Shore. I didn't feel that Frank went far enough making it a surreal experience. Items cut from the book made it less about Kafka's journey through himself and more about the world around this young boy. Many relationships were unclear and it seemed as if not many people around us were able to understand what was going on. I liked it but did not enjoy it.
In this adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s popular novel, audiences will encounter talking cats on the streets of Tokyo, World War II soldiers trapped in time, Colonel Sanders and Johnnie Walker. Experience the unexpected in this fantastical tale about waking up to your own life.
Free post-show discussions will be offered after every performance.
Frank Galati won two Tony Awards for his adaptation and direction of Steppenwolf’s production of The Grapes of Wrath on Broadway. He adapted and directed Haruki Murakami’s after the quake during Steppenwolf’s 2005-2006 season. This critically acclaimed production went on to successful runs at Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Rep. Galati is a Steppenwolf ensemble member.
Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles and other novels, is an award-winning writer whose work has been translated into 34 languages.
Kafka on the Shore was developed as part of Steppenwolf’s New Plays Initiative. Steppenwolf is recognized as a national leader in the development and production of new work for the American canon. Through this initiative, the company maintains ongoing relationships with writers of international prominence and rigorously discovers and supports the work of early and mid-career playwrights.