Miwa Yanagi
Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape

January 31, 2015
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North American Premiere

Please note: The Saturday, Jan. 31 performance is SOLD OUT. A wait-list will begin one hour prior to the performance at the Box Office.

Stranded in Japan during WWII, a young Japanese-American woman was forced to serve as a radio broadcaster for a propaganda program controlled by the Japanese Imperial Army, and was subsequently tried for treason. Seventy years later, this historic incident is brought to life through a visually stunning whodunit, conceived, written and directed by internationally renowned visual artist Miwa Yanagi. Brimming with iconic imagery from her rich body of photographic work, Zero Hour tells the multi-layered story of a woman caught between two nations during the war. This presentation marks Yanagi’s North American debut as a theater artist. Performed in English and Japanese with English subtitles.

Tickets: $35/$28 Japan Society members

Thursday, Jan. 29 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.

The Japan Society produced tour of Zero Hour includes:
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University, Towson, MD
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), Los Angeles, CA

Stories from the War
Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society presents the Society-wide series Stories from the War. Encompassing theater performances, film screenings, lectures, panels and educational opportunities for young people, programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U.S. and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens.

The North American tour of Zero Hour is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2014, The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Program and the National Endowment for the Arts. Japan Society’s presentation of Zero Hour is supported by Mr. Alan M. Suhonen, Dr. John K. Gillespie, The Globus Family, Ms. Paula S. Lawrence and anonymous donors.

Miwa Yanagi is supported by the Asian Cultural Council for Zero Hour’s North American tour. The re-staging of Zero Hour for the North American tour is supported by Shiseido and the KEN FAMILY, and is made possible with assistance from Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Rissei—Cultural Town Commission, Kyoto University of Art and Design/Kyoto Performing Arts Center and Community Arts Center Platz/Kinosaki International Arts Center.

Stories from the War is supported by a generous grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.


Image: Zero Hour © Miwa Yanagi.

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
  • 7:30 pm