Play Reading Series: The Three Hagi Sisters, by Ai Nagai

November 13, 2006
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Contemporary Japanese Plays in English Translation
Monday, November 13
7:30 pm

Is Takako an old maid or an academic feminist? Is Nakako just a bored housewife or a woman in love? Is Wakako, the youngest, forever a doomed slacker? One of the most prominent and beloved woman playwrights in Japan today, Ai Nagai, takes a spin on Chekhov’s classic The Three Sisters by setting it in contemporary Japan. Written in 2000 and awarded the Yomiuri Literature Award for Best Play, this poignant and playful adaptation takes a cynical and comic look at the feminist attitude towards subconscious assumptions that underlie the foundations of contemporary society. New York-based Cynthia Croot, founder and artistic director of Tinderbox Theatre Group, directs a cast of American actors. The reading is followed by a Q & A and discussion about the process of cultural translation with the artists and playwright.  English translation by Loren Edelson.

Tickets: $10; $8 Japan Society members.  Purchase tickets online below or call the Box Office at (212) 715-1258.


  • Monday, November 13, 2006
  • 7:30 pm