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Mar. 25, 2020
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The 64th (2020) Kishida Drama Award goes to two finalists, Satoko Ichihara and Kenichi Tani
The final judging of the 64th Kishida Drama Awards organized by Hakusuisha Publishing Co. took place on February 13th and the decision was made to award two winning dramas, Satoko Ichihara’s The Bacchae –Holstein Milk Cows and Kenichi Tani’s Fukushima Trilogy (1961: Midnight Sunrise, 1986: Mobius strip and 2011: The Words want to be spoken).
Satoko Ichihara is a playwright, director and novelist. She was born in Fukuoka prefecture in 1988. She is a graduate of J. F. Oberlin University. Since 2011, she has led the solo unit Gekidan Q. Her award-winning play this time is based on the ancient Greek tragedy Bacchae (Euripides) with bold changes in its theme and composition. It premiered at the Aichi Triennale in October 2019. Jury member Ryo Iwamatsu commented: “The play examines a lone housewife and uses the Greek tragedy device of the chorus to express it. The interest of the plot is expressed through all of the words, characters and props to create an overwhelming masterpiece.”
Kenichi Tani’s Fukushima Trilogy is also the winner of the Tsuruya Namboku Memorial Award. Jury member Miri Yanagi commented: “With Fukushima Trilogy, Kenichi Tani thrusts that world directly at the audience without any effort to bridge the gap between it and the world the audience knows. This is a play that makes the audience rightfully uncomfortable by questioning their moral right to be sitting there in the audience in light of what has happened [in Fukushima].”
Artist Interview – Kenichi Tani
+Finalists (in Japanese alphabetical order)
Satoko Ichihara The Bacchae –Holstein Milk Cows (stage script)
Udai Iwasaki GOOD PETS FOR THE GOD (stage script)
Masaya Kitamoto   Birdcage In The Sky (stage script)
Gomanohae Chekov mo Tori no Namae (Chekov is also a bird’s name) (stage script)
Kenichi Tani Fukushima Trilogy (1961: Midnight Sunrise, 1986: Mobius strip and 2011: The Words want to be spoken)
Kaori Nishio To End, One, and One (stage script)
Souko Nemoto Kurassha Jochu (Crusher Maid) (stage script)
Yuri Yamada The Mixture (stage script)
+Jury (in Japanese alphabetical order)
Ryo Iwamatsu
Toshiki Okada
Keralino Sandorovich
Hideki Noda
Oriza Hirata
Miri Yanagi
+Kishida Kunio Drama Award (Website in Japanese)