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New Theater from Japan:Toshiki Okada’s ENJOY

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One of Japan’s most acclaimed younger playwrights, 39-year-old Toshiki Okada is a master of “turn[ing] inarticulateness into the sort of poetry that rewards close listening” (The New York Times). With his play Enjoy, about Japanese hipster slackers working in a Tokyo coffee shop, Okaka has created a work that could best be described as Portlandia and The Office meets Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. When an attractive younger woman joins the staff at a Manga café, the dudes in their early 30s begin to feel their age, drifting between infatuation and despair - an evocative picture of the disaffection and disengagement of perpetual part-timers. This critically acclaimed translation by Japanese American playwright Aya Ogawa, marks the welcome return of theater artist Michael Griggs (Portland International Performance Festival) to the director’s chair.

Cosponsored with Boom Arts, Portland Playhouse, and PICA, in conjunction with Tokishi Okada and his company chelfitsch’s appearance as part of PICA’s TBA Festival. See for details.

The first in a three-part international play reading series presenting new work from Japan, Egypt and Argentina, cosponsored with Boom Arts, as part of its 2012-2013 season. More at

Wednesday, September 5, 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission | No registration required

Questions?  Contact Ruth Wikler-Luker with Boom Arts at 503-567-1644

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