Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - A staff room in a manga cafe
Inside Shinjuku Station
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Bare Stage/Simple Set
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
From acclaimed Japanese director/playwright Toshiki Okada, Artistic Director of the internationally-lauded chelfitsch Theatre Company, comes a chronicle of post-college ennui and 21st Century relationships in Japan's Lost Generation. The static lives of several self-obsessed GenX comic book store clerks are thrown out of balance by the presence of a younger female co-worker, who rightly makes them question the meaning of their lives in a shifting socio-economic landscape. Written in the hyper-colloquial style Okada has become famous for, this play is presented for the first time in English in a translation by Japanese American playwright Aya Ogawa, and was met with massive critical praise upon its New York premiere.
"The title “Enjoy,” like much of the dialogue, can be read several ways. There is the frozen-smiled cheer of customer service, the sarcastic sneer of the ironist and, when two lovers kiss at the end, the possibility of something genuine. I mean, like, really." The New York Times, Read More
"Anime meets anomie in this brilliantly written, staged, and performed ensemble piece, which reveals in hyper-real language and choreographic clarity the inner workings of Japan's 'lost generation.'" - Theatre is Easy, Read More
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ENJOY, A Hipster Beckett
by Amy Rose Marsh
December 8, 2014
Enjoy premiered in New York City at 59E59 Theatres under the direction of Dan Rothenberg in April 2010.