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In the second half of the 2010/2011 season, following the "Japan Meets" series, the NNTT will present Inoue Hisashi's Ame. In any discussion of contemporary theatre, Inoue is a great whose name cannot go unmentioned.
Inoue Hisashi wrote Ame in a burst while living in Australia some 35 years ago. Over a period of 26 years, this extraordinary work has been produced eight times for a total of 482 performances, all of which were directed by Kimura Koichi. Now Ame is coming to the NNTT as a new production, with direction by Kuriyama Tamiya. Handpicked by Inoue for the job, Kuriyama has previously used his deft directorial touch to create some outstanding productions of Inoue's work here at the NNTT and with the Komatsuza theatre company.
The play presents the story of Toku, a man who assumes another identity in a scheme to become rich, the people he encounters, and Otaka, the woman of fate. The tale is wrought in the beautiful Japanese that flows from Inoue Hisashi's pen. Through it, we see the pain, the sadness and the joy of people simply living their lives.