Robot Theater at Japan Society





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Published on Jan 17, 2013

Seinendan Theater Company + Osaka University Robot Theater Project


A Double Bill of One-Acts,
Written and Directed by Oriza Hirata

Thursday, February 7, 7:30 PM
Friday, February 8, 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 9, 7:30 PM

Imagine a time when "robot maids" are commonly found in family households. That's the much-anticipated setting of these two heartrending short plays by Oriza Hirata, founder of Japan's celebrated Seinendan Theater Company. In Sayonara (android and human actors), an android is bought to console a girl suffering from a fatal illness, but when its mechanics go awry, the meaning of life and death to humans and robots comes into question. In I, Worker (robots and human actors), a husband's struggle to cope with the loss of his child is juxtaposed with the malaise of one of his robots, which has lost all motivation to work. This double bill was developed in collaboration with Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, a leading international researcher on robotics and Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University. Sayonara will be performed in English and Japanese with English subtitles. I, Worker will be performed in Japanese with English subtitles.

$28/$25 Japan Society members

Thursday, February 7 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.

Related Events:

How to Create Your Own Humanoid: Robot Science Made in Japan

Exploring Naturalism: Acting Workshop with Oriza Hirata


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