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For the season finale, we present the only previously unpublished work to be produced this season. The NNTT commissioned the play from exciting young playwright Aoki Go, and it will be directed by Miyata Keiko.
Aoki started the production unit "Gring", where he acts as writer and director. In recent years he has written works for several other theatre companies, including Bungakuza, Gekidan NLT, Gekidan Shinkansen, and the Haiyuza Theatre Company. Through meticulous research and smart crafting of scenarios, his work depicts the drama found in everyday life. The humorous dialogue of his characters portrays all manner of conflicts, emotions and human relationships in an idiom only possible in theatre. His work always maintains a positive view of people, while at the same time deftly raising issues which question modern society. Aoki is an important voice in contemporary theatre, and great things are expected of him. This will be his first appearance at the NNTT.
In this family drama, the ordinary conversations of people working the kitchen of a bento (boxed meal) shop prompt the viewer to ponder the question, "What is the Emperor?" Aoki takes a different angle from that of contemporary Japanese theatre up to this point, and makes the Imperial Family seem more human and approachable. In this ambitious work, he probes the question of what Japan has become since the 1980s, and what it is that lies at the heart of the nation.