January 12, 2012
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Manga comic-strip-like frenzy turns into a thought-provoking nightmare in Hideki Noda‘s THE BEE, co-written by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan and inspired by a story by Yasutaka Tsutsui. This gripping production, which excited London’s discerning theater community when it premiered at the Soho Theatre in 2006, tells the tale of an ordinary Japanese salaryman who turns savage after returning home to discover that his wife and son have been taken hostage. Conceived by Japan’s celebrated playwright/director Hideki Noda, THE BEE draws "links between comedy and pain, beauty and cruelty" (Financial Times). Within a minimalist set and an eerily beautiful soundtrack, the cast, composed of four members including the director himself and Olivier award-winning actress Kathryn Hunter, seamlessly shift between characters. THE BEE won the Asahi Performing Arts Award Grand Prix and the Yomiuri Theater awards Grand Prize for best play.

Watch playwright/director Hideki Noda’s interview with Randy Gener of American Theatre magazine on YouTube

18+ Warning: Some scenes may contain violent or sexual content.

Performed in English.
Running time: 75 minutes

$25/$20 Japan Society members

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 BEE is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in fiscal 2011 and the Tokyo Culture Creation Project.

The Tokyo Culture Creation Project is a project that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture have been executing in collaboration with various arts-related organizations. The Project’s objectives are to create and promote arts and culture that are unique to Tokyo, to develop children’s rich sensibilities through arts and culture, and to create various local cultural focal points in Tokyo. The Project’s activities include organization of various art events; facilitation of collaborative art programs between residents of Tokyo and artists; and operation of programs to provide children with the opportunity to experience arts and culture.

Performance licenses are arranged through NODA・MAP, Tokyo, the original producer of THE BEE.

Official Airline of THE BEE is British Airways.

THE BEE is a part of The Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival.

Major funding for Under the Radar Festival is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Under The Radar Professional Symposium 2012 is a program of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and is held in conjunction with APAP Conference NYC 2012.

  • Thursday, January 12, 2012
  • 7:45 pm