Ludic Proxy: Fukushima

March 6, 2021
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Online Contemporary Theater

Live-Stream with Real-Time Polling*
• Saturday, March 6, 9:30 PM EST
• Sunday, March 7, 4:30 PM EST
• Thursday, March 11, 8 PM EST—Followed by a Live Artist Q&A

On Demand**
• March 12—March 26    
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Part of Ten Years Later: Japan Society Remembers 3.11


Together for 3.11
10th Anniversary Memorial
For Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami Victims

Saturday, March 6, 8—9 PM EST

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“The play shows how the simulated can adjoin, infuse or ultimately replace the actual.” – The New York Times

Set a few years after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, this video adaptation of Brooklyn-based theater-maker Aya Ogawa’s play Ludic Proxy follows a woman named Maho, visiting her older sister Maki who lives on the outskirts of the Fukushima nuclear evacuation zone. Maho functions as the audience’s avatar in the story as she cautiously navigates daily life in their hometown post-3.11, which takes on added urgency when Maki reveals that she is pregnant. Using video games as a dramaturgy, viewers are asked to vote, in real time “audience polling,” on how Maho progresses through this harrowing set of circumstances, thus determining outcomes along the way. Featuring original cast members Saori Tsukada as Maho and Yuki Kawahisa as Maki, the line between actual and virtual reality begins to blur once again in this interactive, dark play exploring human survival in the face of disaster. A live Q&A with Aya Ogawa will take place following the performance on March 11.

*Ticketholders will be able to participate at the date and time for which they’ve reserved, as well as any subsequent live presentations in the schedule (March 6, 7, 11). Please note that the same access link sent in the reminder emails on the day before and the day of the reserved presentation date may be used to access any of the later viewings. Given the myriad possibilities of plot outcomes as determined by the live audience polling, ticketholders are invited to return for new viewing experiences as offered by these three distinct presentations.

**All ticketholders will have access to an “on demand” version, available from March 12 through March 26. A link to access this version will be sent out to all ticketholders on March 12, which will incorporate real-time input from the solo viewer as opposed to collective audience polling.

Streamed in Japanese with English subtitles.

Tickets: $15/$12 members

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© Ludic Proxy: Fukushima 2021

Ludic Proxy was originally commissioned by PlayCo and premiered at Walker Space in April 2015 and was developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space, Swing Space and Workspace programs.

Ludic Proxy: Fukushima is supported by Doug and Teresa Peterson, and NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program).

2020-2021 Performing Arts Season

Lead Sponsor:

Corporate Partner:

ORIX Stewardship Foundation

Major Support: Doug and Teresa Peterson, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.


Additional Support: Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dean Jeanette C. Takamura, Mr. Alan M. Suhonen‡, The Royal Little Family Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Hiroko Onoyama, Mr. Norton Belknap‡, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michiko Levine, Susan M. McCormac, Pamela Perlman, Karen and Samuel Richardson, and Lyndley and Samuel Schwab.

Endowment: Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

In-kind Support: Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

‡ In memoriam.

  • Saturday, March 6, 2021
  • 9:30 pm