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HANCHU-YUEI will perform GIRL X at Japan Society February 16-18

HANCHU-YUEI will perform GIRL X at Japan Society February 16-18 (photo © Hideto Maezawa)

Japan Society
333 East 47th St. at First Ave.
February 16-18, $30, 7:30

In March 2016, Japan Society presented an English-language reading of Suguru Yamamoto’s Girl X (Yojo X). Now the fully staged, original Japanese version will be making its North American premiere at Japan Society, with three performances February 16-18 at 7:30. Written and directed by Yamamoto and performed by his theater collective HANCHU-YUEI, the black comedy takes place in Shinjuku in 2013, focusing on the after-effects of the March 11, 2011, earthquake. Kazuki Ohashi and Sachiro Nomoto play all the parts, primarily a young man with a hammer, his ex-girlfriend, and her younger brother, interacting with projections on a screen, casting giant shadows amid changing colors and text from other family members as Yamamoto (I Can’t Die without Being Born) explores communication between people and technology in contemporary society. The opening-night presentation will be followed by a reception with members of the cast and crew.

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