Ahuri Theatre presents the world premiere of A Fool’s Life

Ahuri Theatre, in association with Why Not Theatre, presents the world premiere of
A FOOL’S LIFE
Inspired by the life and short stories of Akutagawa Ryunosuke
September 30 – October 8 at The Theatre Centre

Ahuri Theatre, in association with Why Not Theatre, presents the world premiere of A Fool’s Life, a fantastical tale of a family man coming undone. Inspired by the life and work of celebrated Japanese writer Akutagawa Ryunosuke, whose stories inspired the Oscar-winning film Rashomon, A Fool’s Life runs September 30 – October 8 at The Theatre Centre.

Incorporating Akutagawa’s own words into a multilingual piece complete with elements of movement, live drumming, shadow puppetry and projections, A Fool’s Life tells a story eerily reminiscent of this great writer’s turbulent life, his battles with mental illness and what led to his eventual suicide. Through a series of flashbacks and reminiscences, the character of Akutagawa shares the events that shaped him, and brings to life three of his short stories: The Nose, Horse Legs and Hell Screen.

Akutagawa Ruynosuke (1892-1927) is one of the most celebrated writers in Japan, regarded as the “father of the Japanese story”, and is best known as the author of the short stories adapted into Akira Kurosawa’s Oscar-winning film Rashomon. The author of over 150 short stories, Akutagawa struggled with declining mental health before committing suicide at the age of 35.

Ahuri Theatre, in association with Why Not Theatre, presents the world premiere of
A FOOL’S LIFE
Written and directed by Dan Watson
Featuring Claire Calnan, Julian DeZotti, Haruna Kondo, Derek Kwan and Richard Lee.
Live percussion by Gaishi Ishizaka.
Set design and projections by Sean Frey. Lighting design and stage management by André du Toit.
Producer Ravi Jain.
Opens September 30 and runs to October 8, 2011 (preview September 29)
at The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen Street West
Monday – Saturday, 8PM. Tickets: Tuesday – Saturday $20, Monday & Preview Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC)
Theatre Centre Box Office: 416-538-0988 or visit www.ahuritheatre.com or www.totix.ca

Special Presentation Friday, September 23, 2011 at 8PM
at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
$15 Regular/$12 for JCCC Members

Culture Days / Nuit Blanche Event
Saturday, October 1 at The Theatre Centre
12pm – 6pm – Culture Days Events
10pm – 3am – Japanese animé and monster movies screenings
FREE TO ATTEND

Date(s): 2011-09-30 00:00 to: 2011-10-08 00:00
City: Toronto Province: ON

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