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2005 Japanese Contemporary Drama Reading held in Seoul
 From November 17 to 20 the 2005 Japanese Contemporary Drama Reading organized by the Japan-Korea Theater Exchange Council will be held at The National Theater of Korea in Seoul.
It can be said that there is a small boom in Japanese contemporary theater in South Korea in recent years, with works by numerous contemporary playwrights being presented. This drama reading program involves translating Japanese plats into Korean, publishing them and then scheduling reading performances staged by Korean directors. The plays by five playwrights introduced in the first drama reading program in November, 2003 have been published by the Theater & Human Co. under the title Contemporary Japanese Plays Collection 1.
This time marks the second reading of this series and features works by Hisashi Inoue, Juro Kara, Kunio Shimizu, Chong Wishing and Minoru Betsuyaku. Their works in translation will be published as Contemporary Japanese Plays Collection 2 and three of the plays will be presented in readings. Participating in the November program from Japan will be the three playwrights Kara, Chong and Betsuyaku and the theater critics Akihiko Senda and Kojin Nishido. During the program there will also be a symposium held on the subject of the contemporary plays of the two countries.
This program is jointly organized by the Korea-Japan Theater Exchange Council of South Korea launched in 2002 and the Theater Communications Korea-Japan of Japan launched in 2000, and the aim of these biennial readings exchange and transfer of information between the two countries in the field of theater.
+Contemporary Japanese Plays Collection 1
Tatsuo Kaneshita   Route 64
Yoji Sakate   The Emperor and The Kiss
Ai Nagai   Kon'nichi wa Kaasan (Hello, Mother)
Masataka Matsuda   Chinmoku to Hikari (Silence and Light)
Akio Miyazawa   Hinemi
+Contemporary Japanese Plays Collection 2
Hisashi Inoue   Drumming and Fluting
Juro Kara   Doro Ningyo (Muddy Mermaid)
Kunio Shimizu   Karasu yo, Oretachi wa Dangan wo komeru (Hey Crow, We load the bullet)
Chong Wishing   An-nin-dofu no Kokoro (Almond Jelly Heart)
Minoru Betsuyaku   Ki ni Hana saku (Flower blooms in the tree)
+Reading Performance / Symposium
Dates: Nov. 17-20, 2005
Venue: The National Theater of Korea, Seoul
Admission: Free
- Nov. 17: Annindofu no Kokoro by Chong Wishing (Directed by Ki Guk-So)
- Nov. 18: Doroningyo by Juro Kara (Directed by Oh Tea-Sok)
- Nov. 19: Ki ni Hanasaku (Flowers Bloom on the Trees) by Minoru Betsuyaku (Directed by Lee Yun-Teak)
- Nov. 20: Symposium “Japanese and Korean Plays Today”
+Inquiries
Korea-Japan Exchange Council, special council member Noriko Kimura   nonki2005jp@yahoo.co.jp
Japan-Korea Theatre Communications Center   http://www.tckj.org
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