The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise

by  Aya Ogawa, Toshiki Okada

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 2f

The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise probes the everyday lives of urban adults. Everything seems comfortable – jobs, relationships. But beneath the surface runs a powerful undercurrent of longing.

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The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise

by  Aya Ogawa Toshiki Okada

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A man dreams that his girlfriend is dead. Not because he wants to kill her but because he imagines his life would be more meaningful to have a girlfriend who has died. A woman dreams she is riding the subway, forever. She arrives at a mysterious gathering deep underground, and when she returns to her real life, she finds that decades have gone by and her boyfriend is aged and dying. The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise is a modern folktale set against an urban landscape, about our collective longing for the extraordinary, and the mundanity of everyday life.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"CRITIC'S PICK. A reverie of a play." - The New York Times, Read More

"These are the serious questions, and I, like the characters may be sleeping through them. In those moments, the play feels like a knife in the gut." - Time Out New York, Read More

"Maybe it's our fate to always wish for more, but Okada hits that something more is all around us, if only we could step outside ourselves and see." - The Village Voice, Read More

"Toshiki Okada is the Thornton Wilder for the Google generation." - NY Theatre Now, Read More

Videos

  • THE SONIC LIFE OF A GIANT TORTOISE
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Aya Ogawa

Aya Ogawa is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, translator and performer. As a playwright and director, her play Serendipity was the winner of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and finalist at Humana Festival. Eating Dirt was produced at SoHo Rep, and she directed it for Theaters Against War at HERE ...

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Toshiki Okada

Toshiki Okada was born in Yokohama in 1973 and formed the theater company "chelfitsch" in 1997. Since then he has written and directed all of the company's productions, practicing a distinctive methodology for creating plays, and has come to be known for his use of hyper-colloquial Japanese and unique choreography. In ...

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The American premiere of Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise was produced by PlayCo, and presented at Jack, under the direction of Dan Rothenberg. 

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