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HASE Hiroichi
Born: 1960
Company: Jabu Jabu Circuit

Hase was born in Gifu Prefecture. After graduating from Gifu University in 1984, he worked for a local newspaper and also founded the theater company Jabu Jabu Circuit. Since 1989 he has focused on writing and directing plays, and on fronting the theater company. Operating from a studio in a rural area, Hase enjoys a pace of life that enables him to dedicate his time to creating a wide range of plays from children's tales to mysteries and even psycho horror. Several of his plays have been shortlisted for the Kishida Drama Award, including Daburu feiku (Double Fake) in 1999, Saiko no bansan (Psycho Supper)—a play he wrote for another theater company about a strange all-female commune—in 2005, and Hizumitagaru tairetsu (Distorted Ranks) in 2007. Hase has written over 90 plays in all, and is actively working to take local theater to a national level.

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Daburu feiku (Double Fake)
The setting is a crime research institute built on an isolated island away from prying eyes. The institute has a state-of-the-art lab which conducts human experiments involving modifying the brains of criminals. Many of the researchers do not treat their test subjects as humans, and behavioral psychologist Hazuki finds it difficult to accept the institute’s methods. Then an extremely talented criminal with an IQ of 160 arrives—the first female test subject, called Ishida. Her arrival leads to the exposure of the institute’s darker secrets, with missing researchers and suicides by test subjects.

First staged: 1999
Acts/scenes: 1 act, 5 scenes
Cast: 18 (8 male, 10 female)
First staged by: Jabu Jabu Circuit

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Hizumitagaru tairetsu (Distorted Ranks)
Nashimoto Akane suffers from dissociative identity disorder. The “integration remedy” implemented by her doctor, Kubota, appears to be working and she seems to be on the mend. But then one day a new personality appears unexpectedly. Akane’s elder sister, her guardian, is intermittently behaving suspiciously. Aware of the danger, the doctors gamble on the possibility that Akane’s dissociation has resulted from her having been abused as a child. In the setting of the psychiatric hospital’s inner garden, the fragility and gentleness of people caught up in the cycle of dependence and dissociation is portrayed through conversations with inpatients and counselors.

First staged: 2006
Acts/scenes: 1 act, 8 scenes
Cast: 11 (5 male, 6 female)
First staged by: Jabu Jabu Circuit