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Feb. 10, 2017
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23rd OMS Drama Prize is awarded to Keisuke Fukuyama for Warui Kuse
The 23rd OMS Drama Prize, an award sponsored by the Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. to recognize playwrights active in the Kansai region of Japan, held its final jury session at the Suita City Culture Center May Theater on Dec. 6, 2016. Out of the 48 nominated plays, the Grand Prix was awarded to Keisuke Fukutani of the Tokumei Gekidan company for his play Warui Kuse (Bad Habit). The Honorable Mention winner was Kenji Hashimoto of the KOINU company for his play Mata Yoru ha Kuru (Night Will Come Again).
Keisuke Fukutani was born in 1990, and after entering the Theater Arts course of the Literary Arts Department of Kinki University, he started the Tokumei Gekidan in 2011. Since then he has written and directed all of the plays mounted by Tokumei Gekidan. His award-winning play this time intersecting scenes of dream, fiction and daily life to tell a story of contemporary young people anchorless and adrift in the realities of their lives.
A book containing information about the winning works, the jury comments and the selection process will be published in March 2017. Information about the nine finalist works can be seen on the official website.
+Nominated Finalist Works (in Japanese alphabetical order)
Nen IshiharaYume wo Miru – Yomi-katari ban (Having Dreams – Read and tell version)
Masaya KitamotoFutari no Mitsugetsu (Honeymoon for Two)
Tsuyoshi TanabeHyochaku (island) (Drifted Ashore (island))
Kenji HashimotoMata Yoru ga Kuru (Night Will Come Again)
Tomohiro HidaWatashi Ima Memai Shitawa (I Just Had a Dizzy Spell)
Keisuke FukutaniWarui Kuse (Bad Habit)
Akinori YaginumaShin – Uchiyama (New – Uchiyama)
Akira YamazakiMata Ai ka (What, Love Again?)
Takuya Yokoyama   walk in closet
Man Ikuta, Makoto Sato, Toshiro Suzue, Yumi Suzuki, Eri Watanabe
+OMS Drama Prize Office / Osaka Gas Business Create Co., Ltd. (Japanese)