Cooking Up

March 30, 2020
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Jordana De La CruzShoko Matsumura
Play Reading

Monday, March 30, 7:30 PM — Followed by an artist Q&A

This performance was canceled due to COVID-19.

The real and the surreal come together at a small French restaurant in Japan in Cooking Up, written by emerging playwright and director Shoko Matsumura. One of the finalists for the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award, the play takes an unusual turn when the head chef’s wife asks her husband’s mistress to take the place of their missing house cat. Jordana De La Cruz, Co-Director of the OBIE Award-winning performance venue JACK in Brooklyn, directs this absurd sojourn into the private lives of the restaurant’s employees. Playwright Matsumura joins in a post-performance Q&A with the audience and director.

The 15th installment of Japan Society’s annual Play Reading Series introduces topical plays from up-and-coming playwrights in Japan to artists and audiences in the U.S.

Tickets: $15/$10 members

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Cooking Up is supported by The Saison Foundation.

Special thanks to publishing company Hakusuisha, presenter of the annual Kishida Kunio Drama Award, for assisting in research of scripts written by contemporary Japanese playwrights.

Images: Illustration by Fumika Saga; Jordana De La Cruz © Sammy Tunis; Shoko Matsumura © Hitomi Kaneko.

  • Monday, March 30, 2020
  • 7:30 pm