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Mar. 1, 2013
Oriza Hirata’s Seinendan Theater Company to Tour North America to Perform a Double-Bill of one-act plays: Android-Human Theater Sayonara and Robot-Human Theater I, Worker (Jan. 31 – Mar. 9, 2013)
The Japan Foundation and Japan Society will co-produce the North American tour of the Seinendan Theater Company, which was founded by playwright and director Oriza Hirata, from January 31 to March 9, 2013. The tour is organized by Japan Society, New York, and will bring the android-human theater play Sayonara and the robot-human theater play I, Worker to six cities in North America.
Sayonara, performed by android and human actors, is a product of the longstanding collaboration between Oriza Hirata and Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, a leading researcher on robotics and androids. Set in the near future when it has become natural for androids and humans to coexist, the play asks what humanity, life and death mean to us as humans through a conversation between a girl suffering from a fatal illness and an android trying to console her.
I, Worker is a touching comedy performed by robots and human actors. It too is set in the near future, and depicts a married couple living with two robot maids. The play looks at the meaning and nature of work by portraying a robot that has lost all motivation to work even though, by definition, robots were created for that sole purpose.

Written and directed by: Oriza Hirata (Seinendan Theater Company)
Robots and android created by: Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University & Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International [ATR])

- Columbus (Ohio, USA)
Dates: Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2013
Venue: Wexner Center for the Arts
- New York (New York, USA)
Dates: Feb. 7 to Feb. 9, 2013
Venue: Japan Society
- Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA)
Dates: Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, 2013
Venue: Philadelphia Live Arts
- Burlington (Vermont, USA)
Dates: Feb. 21 and Feb. 22, 2013
Venue: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
- Toronto (Canada)
Dates: Feb. 26 to Mar. 2, 2013
Venue: Canadian Stage
- Pittsburg (Pennsylvania, USA)
Dates: Mar. 8 and Mar. 9, 2013
Venue: Andy Warhol Museum
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