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SUZUKI Satoshi
Born: 1959
Function: stage director playwright
Company: Rappaya

Suzuki was born in Tokyo. He wrote and directed productions by the theater collective Teatoro '50 while a student at Waseda University's School of Political Science and Economics. After graduating, he worked for the Hakuhodo advertising company as a copywriter and creative director until 1984, when he founded the theater company Salaryman Shingeki Rappaya (now Rappaya). He writes and directs all the company's plays, aiming for "entertainment for adults" that will appeal to people who rarely go to the theater. In addition to theater, he also writes comedies with a familiar and realistic touch for cinema and television. He won the Prize for Personal Achievement in the 41st Kinokuniya Theater Awards for Rappaya's production of Ashita no nyusu (Tomorrow's News; script and direction) and Group Le Pal's production of Yaoya no otsuge (Greengrocer's Oracle; script).

Ashita no nyusu (Tomorrowfs News)
The setting is a tofu shop in Toride, a local town. The couple who run it have a somewhat easier life now that their business has become stable and their children are grown up. The wife announces that she is getting involved in a municipal ecology project that will affect their neighborhood, and soon becomes its leader. As he sees his wife becoming more and more animated, even glowing with beauty, the husband feels flustered and somehow left behindc But then the husband and a reporter from a local newspaper on the lookout for a scoop take a gamble on a big lie.

First staged: 2006
Acts/scenes: 1 act, 4 scenes
Cast: 13 (8 male, 5 female)
First staged by: Rappaya

Tsuma no kazoku (My Wife's Family)
"Mother critically ill. Come home immediately. Mother." Having received this text message from Haruko, the entire Mitamura family–including Haruko's former husbands–gather for the first time in a year. The family is large, since thrice-divorced Haruko had children from each of her marriages, all of whom are in financial straits and are hoping to borrow money from their mother. Only Eiichiro, who had stayed home alone to look after his mother, feels put out by the situation. The atmosphere is warm, but their various expectations become increasingly entangled and matters get wildly out of hand. Nevertheless, this is a play that affirms the joy of family.

First staged: 2007
Acts/scenes: 1 act, 5 scenes
Cast: 12 (8 male, 4 female)
First staged by: Rappaya