North American Premiere
The sport of baseball, an iconic American symbol, takes center stage in this newest work by visionary Japanese playwright/director Toshiki Okada (chelfitsch theater company). Positioning the U.S. as the parent and Japan and Korea (where baseball is now deeply rooted in popular culture) as brothers, Okada depicts with humor and cynicism, the naïve adoration that the brothers have for their parent and the parent’s influence on their lives. God Bless Baseball features a cast of Japanese and Korean actors and a stage set created by acclaimed visual artist Tadasu Takamine. Performed in Japanese and Korean with English titles.
Tickets: $35/$28 Japan Society members
The Thursday, January 14 performance is SOLD OUT. A wait-list will begin one hour before the performance at the Box Office.
The Thursday, January 14 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.
Part of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.
Partner organizations for the God Bless Baseball U.S. tour are: FringeArts, Philadelphia, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland and Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University.
The New York Engagement of Toshiki Okada’s God Bless Baseball is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
God Bless Baseball is presented as part of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival 2016, produced by The Public Theater.
God Bless Baseball is commissioned by Asian Culture Complex – Asian Arts Theatre; co-produced by Asian Culture Complex- Asian Arts Theatre, Festival Tokyo, and Taipei Arts Festival; additional commissioning support provided by FringeArts, Philadelphia, Japan Society, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, and Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University; research and workshop support by Doosan Art Center.
MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.
Photo: God Bless Baseball, Asian Arts Theater © Moon So Young; Toshiki Okada © Nobutaka Sato.
- January 16, 2016
- 7:30 pm