Book Launch & Conversation: Okada Toshiki & Japanese Theatre

January 19, 2022 6:00 pm

Wednesday, January 19 at 6–7:30 pm ET

In tandem with the release of Okada Toshiki & Japanese Theatre, Japan Society will host scholars featured in the book to discuss the impact playwright/director Okada has made on the international theater scene. Following this initial panel, U.S. presenters and directors of Okada’s work examine the progression of his career in the States, and shed light on some of their past and present collaborations with the prolific playwright. Lastly, Okada joins us from Germany alongside Brooklyn-based theatermaker Aya Ogawa, English translator of all of his plays, for a fireside chat to talk about the monumental task of interpreting his stream-of-consciousness dialogue and his current projects abroad.

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Panel I: Okada Toshiki and Japanese Theatre – Making the Book

Peter Eckersall, Professor, Executive Officer of Theatre and Performance, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Carol Martin, Professor of Drama, New York University
Moderator: Thomas Looser, Chair of East Asian Studies, Associate Professor, New York University

Panel II:
Part I – On Presenting and Directing Okada’s Work in the U.S.

Kate Loewald, Founding Producer, PlayCo
Dan Rothenberg, Co-Artistic Director, Pig Iron Theatre Company
Alec Duffy, Artistic Director, Hoi Polloi
Moderator: Yoko Shioya, Artistic Director, Japan Society

Part II – Okada and Ogawa Join for a Fireside Chat

Toshiki Okada, Playwright/Director
Aya Ogawa, Playwright/Director/Performer/Translator
Kate Loewald, Founding Producer, PlayCo
Dan Rothenberg, Co-Artistic Director, Pig Iron Theatre Company
Alec Duffy, Artistic Director, Hoi Polloi
Yoko Shioya, Artistic Director, Japan Society

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Images from left-to-right: Okada Toshiki © No credit; Okada Toshiki & Japanese Theatre © chelfitsch and Kaneuji Teppei, Eraser Forest, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, (Kanazawa), 2020. Photo: KIOKU Keizō.

Book Launch & Conversation: Okada Toshiki & Japanese Theatre is supported, in part, by Doug and Teresa Peterson and the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Special thanks to Richard Gough from Performance Research Books (publisher) and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Publication of Okada Toshiki & Japanese Theatre is supported, in part, by The Japan Foundation New York.

2021-2022 Performing Arts Season

Lead Sponsor
MetLife Foundation

The season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


Major support is generously provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Doug and Teresa Peterson, with endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Howard Gilman

Additional support is provided by the Royal Little Family Foundation, Helen and Kenneth A. Cowin, Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, Estate of Alan M. Suhonen, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Nancy and Joe Walker, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michiko Levine, Marjorie Neuwirth, Hiroko Onoyama, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, and Nora and David Tezanos. Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society. MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception is provided by MetLife Foundation.