chelfitsch Theater Company
Five Days in March

February 5, 2009
past event image
Performance past event

By juxtaposing global events and personal revelations [Okada] beautifully captures the distance and conflict between them.  Yomiuri Newspaper

Comical… excellent… [This scene is] characteristic of the theatrical symbolism in Okada’s work that gives it such strength.  Le Soir

In the days before the U.S. began its war against Iraq in March 2003, two Japanese urban hipsters meet at a post-rock show and get swept up into a one-night stand that turns into five days’ continuous sex. Such is the anticlimactic story in Five Days in March, the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award-winning play by Toshiki Okada. Characterized by seemingly insubstantial narrative accompanied by exaggerated fidgeting gestures-turned-choreography, the ground-breaking and modern works of chelfitsch Theater Company have made them the most talked-about theater company in Japan. The story unfolds through actors who slip in and out of character while casually narrating and playing out scenes. Oblivious to the imminent invasion of Iraq, the slackers obsess over the details of a love affair, perfectly capturing the irony and impotency of Generation Y in Japan today.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

View footage from previous production of Five Days in March >>
View an image gallery of previous productions >>

$35/$32 Japan Society members

Buy Tickets Online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

Related Event:
An Evening with Toshiki Okada & Dan Safer
– February 3, 2009

Five Days in March
on tour
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), January 15-17
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver, BC), January 21-24
On the Boards (Seattle, WA), January 28-February 1
Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), February 12-14
Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri, St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), February 17
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), February 20-22

The seven-city North American tour of chelfitsch Theater Company is organized and produced by Japan Society and is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Program; and The Saison Foundation for the Japan Society’s Japanese Theater NOW initiative.

  • Thursday, February 5, 2009
  • 7:30 pm