Bittersweet Tale after the quake at Berkeley Rep
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The last date listed for after the quake was Sunday December 2, 2007 / 7:00pm.
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from June O.Red Velvet
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I know people who are big fans of Harumi Murakami's books. I have never read his work so I really didn't know what to expect. In fact, I really didn't know what the play was about other than it had something to do with the Kobe earthquake so I went in blindly. It wasn't a heavy theater performance but I was pleasantly surprised, completely entertained and found the work charming and refreshing. I'll probably even pick up a copy of one of Murakami's books to read.
Quotes & Highlights
“Galati skillfully interweaves two evocative short stories and a haunting cello-and-koto score in a visually stunning, slyly comic and subtly affecting, multifaceted 80-minute reflection on fear, love, loneliness and the transformative powers of art.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“an elegant, economic, gently hypnotic piece of theater…all the elements reflect and satisfy a yearning for solace and safety.” —New York Times
“Beautifully introspective… Exquisitely chiseled performances give the play a sense of delicacy that grounds Murakami’s leaps into the fantastical…” —San Jose Mercury News
Director Frank Galati won two Tony Awards for The Grapes of Wrath. Writer Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore, earned Japan’s equivalent of the Pulitzer. Now the two talents collide in after the quake, a simple, gentle tale of life in the wake of earth-shaking disaster. A timid man woos an old flame, enchanting her anxious daughter with whimsical bedtime stories of a six foot frog’s fight to save Tokyo. In this poignant new play, we see that a storyteller can’t dispel the world’s woes, but he can teach a child—and himself—how to face fear.
Based on “Honey Pie” and “Superfrog Saves Tokyo” from the novel after the quake by Haruki Murakami
Adapted for the stage and directed by Frank Galati
Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production in association with La Jolla Playhouse
Haruki Murakami became Japan’s most celebrated contemporary author after an epiphany at a baseball game convinced him he could write novels. His 13 award-winning books include Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The two stories presented on our stage appeared in The New Yorker and GQ.
Frank Galati is renowned for transforming literary works into transcendent theatre. He won two Tony Awards—as adapter and director—for The Grapes of Wrath. He also directed the Broadway hit _Ragtime, _which turned E.L. Doctorow’s novel into a magical musical, and netted an Oscar nomination for his screenplay to Anne Tyler’s “Accidental Tourist.” This spring, he brings The Pirate Queen to Broadway.