<em>Control Officers + 100 Meters</em>

Control Officers + 100 Meters

+ A New Companion Piece

Written and directed by
Oriza Hirata

Friday, May 8, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 9, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 10, 2:30 PM

Contemporary Theater
Friday, May 8, 7:30 PM — Followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception
Saturday, May 9, 7:30 PM — Followed by an artist Q&A
Sunday, May 10, 2:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure the safety of all in our community, this theater performance has been canceled and our building temporarily closed to the public. Please visit our COVID-19 page for information on ticket refunds, donations, and our virtual program initiatives.

What’s going on behind the scenes in the lead-up to the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo? One of Japan’s most influential theater makers and pioneer of the “quiet theater” movement, Oriza Hirata, offers a not-so-quiet comedic answer to this question through two one-act plays. Control Officers recounts a single scene in which the top male competitor hopefuls in swimming undergo a routine doping test. Hilarity ensues when the control officers try to remain neutral as the ongoing interpersonal drama between the swimmers unfolds before them. For this New York engagement, Hirata will premiere a new companion piece entitled 100 Meters, depicting a tense waiting room of runners before their last qualifying race. The runners’ differing personalities punctuate the unnerving atmosphere—some are silent, some are chatty and some talk about the future, while others reminisce. Hirata’s theater company Seinendan, in its fourth North American tour, performs both pieces. This program aligns with a larger Japan Society-wide programming theme ahead of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

Performed in Japanese with English supertitles.

Tickets: $35/$30 members

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Control Officers + 100 Meters is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

Image: Control Officers © Miura Urin

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