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Born: 1952
Function: stage director playwright

Kitamura was born in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, and currently lives in Nagoya. After graduating from high school, with help from friends he sneaked into classes at Chukyo University in Nagoya, joined the theater club, and started writing plays. In 1976, he left the club and started the theater company TPO Shi-dan. After TPO Shi-dan disbanded in 1981, he set up the companies Suisei '86, which lasted from 1982 to 1986, and then Project Navi from 1986 to 2003. He won the 1984 Kishida Drama Award with 11 nin no shonen (Eleven Boys), and the 1990 Kinokuniya Theater Award for Personal Achievement with Yuki o watatte... Dai ni ko, Tsuki no akarusa (Across the Snow: The Second Draft & Moonlight). His play Hogiuta (Ode to Joy) has been translated into English and Russian, and was performed at the 1999 Seoul Theater Festival. Kitamura currently works freelance, writing plays (over 140 pieces) and novels. From April 2006 to December 2007 he served as director of the Shiga Prefecture Center for Creation of Art for Citizens in Kusatsu.

Production 1989, ©Office Kitamura
Hogi uta (Ode to Joy)
The setting is a provincial town in the Kansai area just after a nuclear war. Beneath a sky crisscrossed by residual missiles, a couple of itinerant entertainers, Gesaku and Kyoko, wander with their belongings loaded onto a handcart. On the way, they meet a young man called Yasuo who has mysterious abilities. Gesaku is fatally injured after messing up a trick in which he catches a bullet in his hand, but then returns to life as if nothing had happened—perhaps Yasuo was really Jesus? Gesaku takes his leave from Yasuo and sets off for Mohenjo Daro with Kyoko, pregnant by immaculate conception, to give birth. On the morning of their departure it begins to snow, marking the start of a new ice age.

First staged: 1979
Acts/scenes: 4 acts
Cast: 3 (2 male, 1 female)
First staged by: TPO Shi-dan
[Translations] English/Russian: available from Office Kitamura

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Ano yama~waga natsu wa eikyu ni megurinu patio nite~ (That Mountain: On the Patio Our Summer Won’t Last Forever)
A newly qualified nurse, Carol, takes up a job at a psychiatric hospital. This play comprises the stories of the various people she meets in the patio there. They talk about the end of the world, God and religion, war and death. Like Alice in Through the Looking Glass, Carol wanders through the patio encountering many weighty questions relating to God and people. The world is God’s garden, and although humans are diverse, each only lives one story and will continue to live that single life for eternity in the presence of God.

First staged: 2005
Acts/scenes: 1 act
Cast: 12 (5 male, 7 female)
First staged by: avec beads