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Vengeance Can Wait - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Vengeance Can Wait

Andy Bragen, Yukiko Motoya, Kyoko Yoshida

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573700187

Yukiko Motoya
Translation by Kyoko Yoshida and Andy Bragen
Written by Yukiko Motoya, one of Japan's leading contemporary female playwrights, Vengeance Can Wait is a kinky comedy about love, submission, and sweet revenge.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - A simple room with an old bunk bed. The ceiling and attic are visible, as is a man hiding in the attic, peeking in from wooden panels dislodged for that purpose. Scenes also take place on the street and in a prison.


No intermission, Physical Comedy

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Intense Adult Themes




College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Vengeance Can Wait navigates Japanese sub-culture as it charts a different kind of love story. A couple has the ideal domestic relationship: he spends his days planning the perfect revenge, while she awaits her perfect punishment. Dark, twisted, and touching, the couple comes to understand the "kinks" in their relationship - and embrace them.


"Motoya, a young Japanese writer influenced by anime and manga, has fashioned an edgy little farce." The Village Voice Theater, Read More

"Vengeance Can Wait is energetic and engaging.  And it delivers — as promised — moments of quirky humor, and tongue-in-cheek mockery of “modern” sexual and ethical posturing." - Theatre Ghost, Read More

Vengeance Can Wait was originally performed in Japaese by the Yukiko Motoya Theatre Company at the Shinjuku Theater Morliere in Tokyo, Japan. The English translation of the play was developed at the 2006 PlayLabs Festival at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of the U.S.-Japan Contemproary Plays and Playwrights Exchange Project. This translation was further developed in 2007 in collaboration with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. It received a premier production at Performance Space 122 in assocation with the Queens Theatre in April of 2008, directed by Jose Zayas.


2m, 2f


Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting


As a Japanese play, it was written for Japanese performers. While an Asian-American cast may be preferable, it is by no means required. The play will also work well with color-blind casting. It is something we encourage.

HIDENORI YAMANE - a child pretending to be an adult
NANASE OGAWA - above all, can't bear being disliked
TAKAO BANJO and AZUSA KANAMORI - a "normal" couple
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N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Andy Bragen

Andy Bragen

Andy Bragen, a lifelong resident of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was a 2009-2010 Workspace Resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  Other honors include the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, a Tennessee Williams Fellowship from Sewanee, and a Jerome Fellowship.  His plays and translations have been produced and/or presented at numerous theatres across the country, including The ... view full profile

Yukiko Motoya

Yukiko Motoya

Yukiko Motoya (1979–) belonged to the drama club in high school and left her home in Ishikawa Prefecture to attend drama college in Tokyo. She started writing plays and fiction at the age of 19 while supporting herself with odd jobs. In 2000 she set up the Motoya Yukiko Theater Company, whose plays she both writes and produces. In 2002 the editor of the celebrated literary magazine Gunzo asked ... view full profile

Kyoko Yoshida

Kyoko Yoshida (1969-) was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan. She moved to Kyoto in 1989. She studied in Oriental History first and then American Literature. After her MA in American Literature from the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies at Kyoto University, she went to Milwaukee, WI. In five years in Milwaukee, she finished her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the Department of ... view full profile

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