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Japanese Title: Byoki
English Title: Sick
Author: BETSUYAKU, Minoru
Author's Profile: Born in 1937 in former Manchuria and repatriated in 1946. BETSUYAKU attended the Faculty of Politics and Economics at Waseday University and began drama activities at that time. He launched the Waseda Little Theatre with director SUZUKI Tadashi and later the Society of the Hand with playwright YAMAZAKI Masakazu. He contributed as a playwright to both theatrical troupes. Besides drama, he writes children's stories, essays, and critical works on criminology.
First Performance:   1981
Performance time:  
Acts / Scenes: 1 act
Cast: 4 (3 men, 1 woman)


On a street corner, a nurse is sitting alone by a crudely set up medical relief station.

Man 1, a middle-aged company employee type, comes by. The nurse calls out and asks him if he isn't ill. This is how the incident begins.
Though Man 1, of course, didn't consider himself ill, he begins to feel concerned about himself when he is queried in this way. Thus he enters the relief station, and this act leads to the loss of the human rights of Man 2, whom the relief station is supposed to save.

Man 1 sympathizes with Man 2 and tries hard to avoid becoming an assailant. However the harder he tries the deeper he gets mired down in the situation. The man is finally turned into a patient, stripped of his belongings, and thrown out into the streets. The naked man asks a god that is passing by, "What evil have I done?" The god replies, "Certainly, you have done no evil. But then I haven't done much wrong either..."

So there it is. God's not to blame. It's just that in the familiar streets of our town, there are snares casually laid to entrap us. On a street corner, a nurse is sitting alone by a crudely set up medical relief station. Man 1, a middle-aged company employee type, comes by. The nurse calls out and asks him if he isn't ill. This is how the incident begins.
Though Man 1, of course, didn't consider himself ill, he begins to feel concerned about himself when he is queried in this way. Thus he enters the relief station, and this act leads to the loss of the human rights of Man 2, whom the relief station is supposed to save.

Man 1 sympathizes with Man 2 and tries hard to avoid becoming an assailant. However the harder he tries the deeper he gets mired down in the situation. The man is finally turned into a patient, stripped of his belongings, and thrown out into the streets. The naked man asks a god that is passing by, "What evil have I done?" The god replies, "Certainly, you have done no evil. But then I haven't done much wrong either..."

So there it is. God's not to blame. It's just that in the familiar streets of our town, there are snares casually laid to entrap us.
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