God Bless Baseball

January 14, 2016 at 8PM & January 15, 2016, 7:30PM
January 16, 2016 at 7:30PM & January 17, 2016 at 2:30PM

Japan Society
(333 East 47th Street, New York, NY, 10017)

Ticket Price: $35 / $28 Japan Society members

North American Premiere presented by Japan Society
Written and Directed by Toshiki Okada
Translation/Interpretation: Hongyie Lee
Performers: Yoon Jae Lee, Pijin Neji, Sung Hee Wi, Aoi Nozu
Dramaturge: Sugatsu Kanayama (Tokatsu Sports), Hongyie Lee

Commissioned by Asian Culture Complex – Asian Arts Theatre and co-produced by Asian Culture Complex –­ Asian Arts Theatre, Festival/Tokyo, Taipei Arts Festival, Japanese playwright and director, Toshiki Okada's "God Bless Baseball" will be performed at the Japan Society as a part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival. 

"God Bless Baseball" had its premier at Asian Arts Theatre in Gwangju, Korea in September, 2015 with lots of rave reviews. 

The sport of baseball, an iconic American symbol, takes center stage in this newest work by visionary Japanese playwright/director Toshiki Okada (chelfitsch theater company). Positioning the U.S. as parent and Japan and Korea (where baseball is now deeply rooted in popular culture) as brothers, Okada depicts with humor and cynicism, the naïve adoration that the brothers have for their parent and the parent’s influence on their lives. "God Bless Baseball" features a cast of Japanese and Korean actors and a stage set created by acclaimed visual artist Tadasu Takamine. Performed in Japanese and Korean with English titles. 

For more information, please visit http://www.japansociety.org/event/toshiki-okada-god-bless-baseball.

Miro Yoon