Nagoya Players Presents Aesop’s Fables
March 30 - 31, 2019

Nagoya Players Presents Aesop’s Fables

Nagoya Players has a full and fun packed schedule for 2019 starting off with a lively stage show specifically designed for families and English-language learners.

About the Show

Adapted by American playwright James Brock, the show is comprised of five famous fables: ‘Fox & Crow’, ‘Tortoise & Hare’, ‘Donkey In Lion’s Skin’, ‘Fox & the Sour Grapes’ and ‘Fox & Lion’. These classic tales are woven together into a fast-paced, seamless narrative as time and place will magically transform before your eyes. Nagoya Players will bring the wit of Aesop and his fables to the stage for both adults and children to enjoy in this exciting family friendly show.

Performances
There will be a total of 6 performances:
Saturday, March 30th at 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00
Sunday, March 31st at 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00

Performances will last approximately 60 minutes. Aesop’s Fables is appropriate for all ages, but may not be suitable for children under 5 or who are easily frightened. Shows will be performed in English with Japanese subtitles. The English level is suitable for beginner-intermediate speakers and can be enjoyed without subtitles. The show is open seating, so please arrive early if you wish to get a seat with a good view of the subtitles and stage.

Arimatsu Shibori
Blending Japanese aesthetics with Western stage play was a huge inspiration for Aesop’s Fables. Renowned artist and fashion designer Shoji Fujii has created a series of one-of-a-kind animal costumes that combine traditional and modern tie-dying techniques of Arimatsu. The level of detail that has gone into these costumes is stunning. They are truly works of art!

Check out a short interview with Shoji about the craft of Shibori nagoyaplayers.org/2019/01/shoji-interview/

Original Music
Veteran composer Robert Beatty returns to the theater scene along with local music legends Coleen Wickdahl, Lesley Bartlett, and Stiv Peck to arrange the score. They’ve been hard at work creating original themes inspired by the characters. Mr. Beatty and his team are known for their unique soundscapes and the music for this show promises to transport the audience to another time and space.

Lighting Design
Ritsuko Shiraki has also returned. Her work was previously seen in our 2015 production of Psychic and featured some of the most stunning light work we’ve had on stage. We’re excited to have Ritsuko back and her fun and inventive lighting designs for Aesop’s Fables look amazing. Ritsuko will be assisted by Cheyenne Sharder-Parker, a new arrival to Nagoya with extensive experience working in the theaters of Walt Disney World Florida.

English Education Initiative
Show director Shawn Mahler treated the script and designed the show with language-education at the forefront. Current and future Nagoya Players productions will focus on theatre as a method of teaching and bridging cultural awareness.

Nagoya Players’ English Education Initiative has been developed to encourage a life-long love of language study in the residents of Nagoya. We are creating materials and events to help learners from youths to adults in their pursuit of mastering English while having fun at the same time! Contact us if you’d like such an event at your institution.

Reading and audio exercises are available on the show’s website. These are great resources for language-learners to use in preparation for the show, and they’re all FREE.

Tickets
Get your tickets early! Lowest price available until Feb. 28th, 2019.
Tickets available from TicketPia (online, Family Mart & 7-11) cast, crew, and also available at show supporter IPE Academy in Imaike.

P-Code 490411
Early Bird P-Code expires 02/28/2019
*Use P-Code 490432 from 03/01/2019

Photography Credits
geoffreygriggsphotography.com

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