Yoshi Oida
Interrogations: Words of the Zen Masters

October 9, 2010
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Charismatic, provocative, funny.
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Read 20 questions with Oida in American Theater (PDF).

Witness a master at work as revered actor Yoshi Oida returns to Japan Society! Known primarily for his over 40-year collaboration with legendary British director Peter Brook and in recent years for being one of the most sought-after opera directors worldwide, Oida graces our stage with his solo masterpiece Interrogations. The comical play depicts a test that a Zen master gives to his student, lasting several days, with the goal to determine if the student has reached enlightenment. The test consists of a series of questions framed in koans, or riddles, that the student must answer correctly in order to "graduate." Since its premiere in 1979 at the Avignon Festival, this one-man play with live musical accompaniment has been hailed as Oida’s masterwork and has been performed worldwide, with recent stops this summer in Austria and Barcelona. Oida’s hilarious performance is accompanied live by Berlin-based experimental musician Dieter Trüstedt.

$28 / $23 Japan Society members

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