Vengeance Can Wait

by  Andy Bragen, Yukiko Motoya, Kyoko Yoshida

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 2f

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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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"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


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)


2m, 2f
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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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

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.



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 Com ...

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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 sh ...

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Kyoko Yoshida

Kyoko Yoshida has served the performing arts field for over 30 years as a presenter, producer and consultant, with a focus on artistic and cultural exchange between the U.S. and Japan. Yoshida is the founder and director of the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network (CTN), which was started as an international project of Ar ...

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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.

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