Thursday, January 5, 2012

Interviewing Japanese theater-maker Hideki Noda ("The Bee") on YouTube

I recently interviewed Hideki Noda whose upcoming production of THE BEE at Japan Society begins performances tonight as part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival.

Our discussion appears on YouTube. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkhIPPHoC88

On the Japan Society site, THE BEE, which runs January 5 to 15, 2012, is described as:

Manga comic-strip-like frenzy turns into a thought-provoking nightmare in Hideki Noda's THE BEE, co-written by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan and inspired by a story by Yasutaka Tsutsui.  
This gripping production, which excited London's discerning theater community when it premiered at the Soho Theatre in 2006, tells the tale of an ordinary Japanese salaryman who turns savage after returning home to discover that his wife and son have been taken hostage.
Conceived by Japan's celebrated playwright/director Hideki Noda, THE BEE draws "links between comedy and pain, beauty and cruelty" (Financial Times).  
Within a minimalist set and an eerily beautiful soundtrack, the cast, composed of four members including the director himself and Olivier award-winning actress Kathryn Hunter, seamlessly shift between characters. THE BEE won the Asahi Performing Arts Award Grand Prix and the Yomiuri Theater awards Grand Prize for best play.

http://www.japansociety.org/event/tokyo-metropolitan-theatre-soho-theatre-london-the-bee

Our discussion touches on how he adapted a Japanese short story into a stage production and why he has a propensity to play women's roles. --RG


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