SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan Benefit
Last spring, shortly after the devastating earthquake in Japan, actor James Yaegashi, whose family is from a nearby area, called friends in the New York theater to say, "We as a theatre community have to do something to help our fellow artists on the other side of the world."
Six months later, a friendly consortium of over a dozen organizations has come together. And now a remarkable nationwide event is underway.
On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the first anniversary of the earthquake, theaters everywhere are invited to join SHINSAI: THEATERS FOR JAPAN. Shinsai [SHEEN-sigh] means great quake in Japanese.
A menu of 10 minute plays and songs has been commissioned from major American and Japanese artists, who have donated their work for this one-day only event. Using the model of 365 Days/365 Plays, each theater nationwide will be able to craft their own event, drawing from the commissioned plays and from work generated by their own resident artists. Audiences everywhere on this day can donate relief funds to the Japan Playwrights Association to disburse to the Japanese theater community affected by the disaster. Any and all donation amounts are encouraged.
In New York City, all the plays and songs will be presented in the Great Hall at Cooper Union on March 11, 2012. Every theater nationwide is invited to create their own special event, to collaborate with other nearby theaters, to spread the word and be part of this exciting day. We envision events large and small around the country drawn differently from the menu of plays.
Contributing artists include: Edward Albee, Philip Kan Gotanda, Richard Greenberg, John Guare, Oriza Hirata, Naomi Iizuka, Shoji Kokami, Tony Kushner, Toshiki Okada, Yoji Sakate, Kumiko Shinohara, Toshiro Suzue, Suzan-Lori Parks, Doug Wright, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman.
NOHspace Theater (View)
2840 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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