God Bless Baseball

Toshiki Okada . Japan

A Family Drama of Emancipation with an Athletic Twist

A passion, a childhood trauma, an innocent game, a high performance sport or a propaganda tool allowing the USA to culturally assimilate occupied countries: baseball is all of these things, as Toshiki Okada shows us from a Japanese-Korean perspective. Introduced to Japan in 1872 and to Korea in 1905, baseball enjoys such popularity in both countries that the public nature of the game is also used for private purposes: it is not rare to see marriage proposals being made via the huge screens in the stadium. In God Bless Baseball, two women and two men tell us about their personal experiences of the sport; in a clever crossover of cultural codes, the Japanese characters are played by Korean actors and vice versa.

With humour and a sharp eye for social entanglements, Toshiki Okada presents us with a family constellation in which Japan and Korea are presented as unequal brothers and the USA as a dominant father, which ultimately only one of the siblings protests against, refusing to let itself be taken over by national identities.

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Playwright . Director Toshiki Okada Translating . Interpreting Hongyie Lee Performer Yoon Jae Lee . Pijin Neji . Sung Hee Wi . Aoi Nozu Set Design Tadasu Takamine Costume Kyoko Fujitani (FAIFAI) Dramaturge Sugatsu Kanayama (Tokatsu Sports) . Hongyie Lee Stage Director Koro Suzuki Stage Assistant Kazuhiko Nakahara Lighting Ayumi Kito . Yukie Shibata Sound Director Yuji Tsutsumida (WHITELIGHT) Video Director Takaki Sudo Video Assistant Yoshitaka Shimada Translation Japanese-English Aya Ogawa Translation Japanese-German Andreas Regelsberger Japanese Surtitles Kaku Nagashima Surtitle Operator Tsukasa Yajima Voice Jerome Young Production Management Tamiko Ouki (precog) Tour Management Mai Hyodo (precog) Commissioned by Asian Culture Complex ­ Asian Arts Theatre Production chelfitsch Associated Production precog Co-Production Asian Culture Complex ­ Asian Arts Theatre . Festival/Tokyo . Taipei Arts Festival Additional Commissioning Support by FringeArts Philadelphia . Japan Society  New York . Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago . The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland . Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University Research and Workshop supported by Doosan Art Center in Cooperation with Kinosaki International Arts Center . Steep Slope Studio . Sample

Within the framework of Our Common Futures supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Staatstheater Kleines Haus

09.06. - 10.06.19:30 Uhr

AdmissionAdvance booking 18 Euro . Evening box office 20 Euro
ConcessionsAdvance booking 9 Euro . Evening box office 10 Euro en
Introduction10.06. 19.00 . Foyer Kleines Haus
Duration1h35 . no interval
LanguageJapanese and Korean with German and English surtitles

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