Niwa Gekidan Penino
The Room Nobody Knows

January 10, 2014
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Two brothers inhabit a mysterious, dreamlike apartment. On the day of the elder’s birthday, the younger, who is supposed to be studying for college entrance exams, is preoccupied with creating unusual objects for the celebration. Meanwhile, in the upper room, the younger brother’s alter egos–derived from his wild imagination and taking the form of two creatures, one with a sheep’s head and another with pig features–help with the party preparations. Written and directed by psychiatrist turned most-talked-about theater artist Kuro Tanino and performed by his company Niwa Gekidan Penino, The Room Nobody Knows lures you into a weird yet funny world hidden deep within the Tokyo metropolis. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.

Running time: 60 minutes

Click here to view the set construction of Niwa Gekidan Penino’s The Room Nobody Knows at Japan Society!

$28/$22 Japan Society members

Wednesday, January 8 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet the Artists Reception.

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.

The tour of The Room Nobody Knows, produced by Japan Society, includes:
On the Boards (Seattle, WA)
Walker Arts Center (Minnesota, MN)
FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA)
Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio)

This program is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Program, Arts Council Tokyo, and The Saison Foundation.

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


The Room Nobody Knows is a part of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Under the Radar at The Public Theater is an explosively diverse festival of new theater from the U.S. and around the world that spotlights artists ranging from emerging talents to masters in the field. The festival offers a crash course in theater that is exciting, independent, and experimental, created by some of the most dynamic artists working today.

  • Friday, January 10, 2014
  • 9:30 pm