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New National Theatre Tokyo 2006/2007 season program announced
 New National Theatre Tokyo has announced the program of theater performances for the period from September 2006 to July 2007. With a change in artistic directors for the theater scheduled to take place in September of 2007, this is the last season of programs under the present artistic director, Tamiya Kuriyama, before he is replaced by Hitoshi Uyama.
Among the highlights of the upcoming 2006/2007 season will be new works by two outstanding young directors on the contemporary theater scene, Keishi Nagatsuka (leader of the Asagaya Spiders) and Toshiki Okada (leader of the Chelfitsch). Attention has also come to focus on a series of three works, including Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus Rex and Ivanov, that represent the first Tokyo productions in 16 years for director Tadashi Suzuki (artistic director of the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center). There will also be a Japan-China collaborative production between Oriza Hirata of Seinendan and the Chinese playwright/director Li Liuyi, a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by John Caird of Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company with a Japanese cast, as well as other efforts involving international exchange such as productions of new plays written by overseas playwrights and directed by Kuriyama.
+New National Theater 2006/2007 season theater lineup
Sept.-Oct. 2006--Small Theater
New work Asia no Onna (Woman of Asia)
Playwright and directed by Keisi Nagatsuka
Starring Yasuko Tomita, Yoshimasa Kondo, Eiji Sugawara, Ryo Iwamatsu, others
Nov. 2006--Middle Theater, Small Theater
Collaborative productions of Cyrano de Bergerac (Middle Theater), Oedipus Rex and Ivanov (Small Theater) by the New National Theatre Tokyo and the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center under the program “Gekiteki na Jonen wo Megutte — World Famous Plays.” The works will be directed by Tadashi Suzuki, who has also made the adaptations from the original plays by Edmond Rostand (Cyrano), Sophocles (Oedipus) and A. Chekhov (Ivanov).
Dec. 2006--Small Theater THE LOFT
New work Enjoy
Playwright and directed by Toshiki Okada
Mar. 2007--Small Theater
By Michael Frayn, translated by Daisaku Hirakawa
Directed by Hitoshi Uyama
Starring Kunio Murai, Tomohiko Imai, Jun Arai
Apr. 2007--Small Theater
New play by foreign playwright
CLEANSKINS (Japanese title undecided)
By Shan Khan, translation by Koushi Odajima
Directed by Tamiya Kuriyama
May 2007--Small Theater
Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo--China-Japan collaborative project production
New work Hana ni Arashi no Tatoe mo Aru-sa (Falling Blossoms Are Sometimes Compared to A Storm) (tentative title)
Written by Oriza Hirata and Li Liuyi
Directed by Li Liuyi and Oriza Hirata
Performed by actors from China and Japan
May-June 2007--Middle Theater
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By Shakespeare, translation by Kazuko Matsuoka
Directed by John Caird
Starring Toru Emori, Rei Asami, others
June-July 2007--Small Theater
The Iceman Cometh
By Eugene O'Neill, translation by Koji Numasawa
Directed by Tamiya Kuriyama
Starring Masachika Ichimura, Katsumi Kiba, Shu Nakajima, Chukichi Kubo, others
+New National Theatre Tokyo