Playing French Seattle 2009

Special Announcement:
Playing French Seattle 2009


Seattle Novyi Theatre is excited to announce that we have been invited to participate in the third annual Playing French Seattle 2009. We will be performing Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, directed by Leonid Anisimov with Amy Yeater as Winnie and Paul Layer as Willie. The performance dates are Thursday, October 29th, Friday, October 30th, and Sunday, November 1st. All performances start at 8PM.

Playing French Seattle 2009 is a wonderful opportunity to experience theatre in French and English featuring the work of playwrights Matei Visniec, Georges Feydeau and Honoré de Balzac and Samuel Beckett.

Festival Tickets are $25 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/82169

1-800-838-3006

We hope you can join us at Playing French Seattle 2009!

For immediate release:



Playing French Seattle 2009

Festival Tickets $25 at Brown Paper Tickets:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/82169

Individual show tickets at door or contact Tom Ansart at:
Libchase@aol.com

Playing French Seattle 2009 to feature playwright Matei Visniec

The third annual festival of plays written in French language will feature the work of Romanian born playwright Matei Visniec. The festival runs October 19 - November 1 at the University of Washington 's Ethnic Cultural Theatre.

Two works by Visniec will be staged: "Le Deuxième Tilleul à Gauche" and "Old Clown Wanted." University of Washington doctorial candidate Otilia Baraboi will open the festival on October 20 and introduce Visniec's plays.

In September 1987, Visniec left Romania for France , where he was granted political asylum. His absurdist plays, written in French, have been staged in more than 30 countries. In Romania , after the fall of Communism, Matéi Visniec has become one of the most frequently performed authors.

This festival of absurdist plays by French and francophone playwrights also includes work by Georges Feydeau, Honoré de Balzac, and Samuel Beckett.

On October 21 Elles et Lui will stage an adaptation of three plays by Georges Feydeau, whose farcical plays are considered precursors to the Theatre of the Absurd. Entitled "Feydeau Composé" it is directed and written by Cecile Casanova and performed in French language.

Honoré de Balzac, novelist of "La Comedie Humaine," wrote five plays before his death in 1850. The last of which, "Le Faiseur," was accepted by the Comedie Française but not staged there until 143 years later, in 1993. This new bilingual (French /English) adaptation is directed by Steeplechase Producer Tom Ansart. The central character of the play, Mercadet, is a stock speculator who has been swindled by his business partner, Godeau. The play is a foreshadowing of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot."

Finally Seattle Novyi Theatre will stage Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," directed by Leonid Anisimov, and starring Amy Yeater as Winnie, which closes the festival on Sunday, November 1.

For further information contact:

Tom Ansart, Producer, Steeplechase Productions/Playing French Seattle

libchase@aol.com

http://www.steeplechaseproductions.com/

Matei Visniec, playwright

visniec_m@yahoo.fr

Otilia Baraboi, University of Washington , French and Italian studies

otiliab@u.washington.edu

Cecile Casanova, director, "Feydeau Composé"

cecile.casanova@gmail.com

Roger Tompkins, director, "Old Clown Wanted"

rtompkins49@gmail.com

Paul Layer, Seattle Novyi Theatre

seattlenovyitheatre@yahoo.com
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# by seattlenovyi | 2010-09-25 23:13 | Special Announcement

Seattle Novyi Repertory Theatre

Simpler Higher Lighter Merrier

Welcome to Seattle Novyi Theatre!

Seattle Novyi Theatre (SNT) is a distinctive theater venture in Seattle offering an ongoing experiment in repertory theater on a local and international level. Our mission is to enhance the understanding of the human experience via theater and the Stanislavski System in an international and educational setting.

The child of a thirteen week 2006 workshop with “Honored Artist of Russia” Leonid Anisimov, SNT utilizes the Stanislavski System begun by Konstantin Stanislavski while collaborating with Anton Chekhov at the Moscow Art Theatre during their production of The Seagull in 1896. The system that Stanislavski began working on and continued to cultivate for the remainder of his life is founded on an artistically natural process of acting that is best developed over time in a situation that allows for the practical application of his theories and philosophy. Unique from any theater in the USA , SNT put into practice Stanislavki’s concepts during our first year of repertory theater between March 2006 and March 2007 while offering weekly performances of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and Uncle Vanya in an intimate twenty-seat theater on the northern shores of Lake Washington . Our goal during that time was to explore theater using the Stanislavski System while bringing communication, inner life and re-living to the stage. SNT’s next repertory performances were weekly productions of Horton Foote’s “Dearest of Friends” in the Spring of 2008.

In addition to our commitment to provide repertory theater in Seattle and throughout the Puget Sound area, another unique aspect of our group is its international composition: Founding members of SNT include theater artists who now make their home in Seattle but originally come from the countries of Canada , Cuba , England , Israel , Japan and Russia .

Please tell your family and friends about Seattle Novyi Theatre, a shining jewel of creativity in Seattle . Come to our performances often and invite your friends! Please leave your contact information at the door so that we may contact you with more details about our performance schedule.

Many thanks for being part of our journey. May we all learn to fly in theater and in life!


2009
Seattle Novyi Theatre Presents Samuel Beckett's Happy Days at TPS in the Seattle Center House. Happy Days is Beckett's continued pursuit of the meaning of existence probing the tenuous connections that bind one person to another in the relationship between Winnie and Willie. Seattle Novyi Theatre (SNT) is a distinctive theatre project in Seattle, and was created from a thirteen week workshop in 2006 with Honored Artist of Russia Leonid Anisimov. SNTs mission is to enhance the understanding of the human experience via theater and the Stanislavski System in an international and educational setting.

Leonid Anisimov: Director

Cast:
Amy Yeater: Winnie
Paul Layer: Willie


FOR TICKETS contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/54451

Tickets are $20 / $15 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door and by reservation on a first come first serve basis.
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contact us at seattlenovyitheatre@yahoo.com
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# by seattlenovyi | 2009-12-31 22:02 | Seattle Novyi

Members 2009

Seattle Novyi Theatre Members

Devin Bartlett
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Corinne Bogan
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Paul has been acting in, directing and producing theater in the Seattle area since 1989. He has been studying and using the Stanislavski System since 2001 when he began working with Leonid Anisimov. Under the direction of Mr. Anisimov he has appeared in The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya and The Lower Depths in Seattle , Tokyo and Russia . Paul has participated in internationally collaborative performances and workshops in Yuda , Japan in 2001, Tokyo in 2003, and Ussuriiskii , Russia in 2007. He is also a member of the Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theater, and had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the beautiful artists of TNRT during their inaugural season.

Chikako Togashi
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Amy Yeater
b0096595_012924.jpgAmy is thrilled to be working in theater again after a 20 year hiatus. She appeared as Vonnie in SNT’s production of The Dearest of Friends prior to Winnie in Happy Days. She sends out much love and thanks to her boys – Kevin and Lewis, and all her friends who have been so supportive.
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# by seattlenovyi | 2009-02-16 00:00 | Members

Samuel Beckett Info

Samuel Beckett
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Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish writer, dramatist and poet. Beckett's work offers a bleak outlook on human culture, and both formally and philosophically became increasingly minimalist. As a student, assistant, and friend of James Joyce, Beckett is considered by many one of the last modernists; as an inspiration to many later writers, he is sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is also considered one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called "Theatre of the Absurd".

Beckett studied French, Italian, and English at Trinity College, Dublin from 1923 to 1927. After leaving Trinity, Beckett began to travel in Europe . He also spent some time in London , where in 1931 he published Proust, his critical study of French author Marcel Proust. In 1932, he wrote his first novel, Dream of Fair to Middling Women, but after many rejections from publishers decided to abandon it; the book would eventually be published in 1993. Despite his inability to get it published, however, the novel did serve as a source for many of Beckett's early poems, as well as for his first full-length book, the 1933 short-story collection More Pricks Than Kicks. In 1935—the year that Beckett successfully published a book of his poetry, Echo's Bones and Other Precipitates—he was also working on his novel Murphy. Returning to Ireland briefly in 1937, he oversaw the publishing of Murphy (1938), which he himself translated into French the next year. He then decided to settle permanently in Paris . He joined the French Resistance after the 1940 occupation by Germany , working as a courier, and on several occasions was nearly caught by the Gestapo. Beckett was awarded the Croix de guerre and the Médaille de la Résistance by the French government for his efforts in fighting the German occupation. He continued work on the novel Watt (begun in 1941 and completed in 1945, but not published until 1953) while in hiding in Roussillon .

Beckett is publicly most famous for the play Waiting for Godot. Like most of his works after 1947, the play was first written in French with the title En attendant Godot. Beckett worked on the play between October 1948 and January 1949. He published it in 1952, and premiered it in 1953. The success of Waiting for Godot opened up a career in theatre for its author. Beckett went on to write a number of successful full-length plays, including 1957's Endgame, Krapp's Last Tape (written in English), 1960's Happy Days (also written in English), and 1963's Play.

Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 for his "writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation". Beckett was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984. He died in Paris of respiratory problems.

Of all the English-language modernists, Beckett's work represents the most sustained attack on the realist tradition. He, more than anyone else, opened up the possibility of drama and fiction that dispense with conventional plot and the unities of place and time in order to focus on essential components of the human condition.
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# by seattlenovyi | 2009-02-15 23:50 | Samuel Beckett

Happy Days Director's Note

I think of Samuel Beckett as an author who is the successor of Anton Chekhov, and I am very much overwhelmed and astonished by his sensibilities and preciseness in analyzing human beings when they are in specific situations. “Happy Days” is constructed in such a way that half of it is filled with stage directions, which demand actors to follow specific `physical actions`. I feel that Samuel Beckett is a playwright who absolutely understands the concept of `physical actions`.
I have seen several productions of his plays, but they were cold and without any spirit. One exception was “Rockaby” with Marjorie Nelson in the one-woman play. It was melancholic, wise, beautiful and alive. (I remember confessing my love to Marjorie Nelson that night after watching her performance).
Destiny gave me a gift. I was given an opportunity to rehearse this play “Happy Days” filled with the talent and tenderness of American actors Paul and Amy in Tokyo . We shared many tears and laughter in each rehearsal.
I often think that maybe someday, maybe in one hundred years, we might be able to FEEL Beckett's or Chekhov's plays as they wished us to feel. But we must start…I believe someday someone will accomplish this feat. Until then…

Leonid Anisimov
Honored Artist Of Russia
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# by seattlenovyi | 2009-02-15 23:46 | Leonid Anisimov

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

2009
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The Dearest of Friends 2008
by Horton Foote
Friday, March 28
Saturday, April 5
Saturday, April 12
Friday, April 18
Saturday, May 3, 17, 24, 31
and Saturday, June 7

All performances are at 8:00 pm

Location: Art’s on Beacon Hill -- 4951 13th Avenue South

Tickets: General $15, Students & Seniors $12
– Tickets available at the door or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or go to: www.brownpapertickets.com
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# by seattlenovyi | 2008-03-25 23:19 | Schedule

Support

Dear Friends,
We at Seattle Novyi Theatre are asking for your support. This is an opportunity to increase the stature of Seattle as a beacon in international collaborative theatre arts.

Seattle Novyi Theatre (SNT) is a distinctive venture in theatre in Seattle , and was created from a thirteen week workshop in 2006 with Honored Artist of Russia Leonid Anisimov. SNT’s mission is to explore theatre in the Seattle area using the Stanislavski System, and bring communication, inner life and re-living to the stage. During its first year of performances, SNT offered weekly performances of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and Uncle Vanya in an intimate twenty-seat theater on the shores of Lake Washington .

Mr. Anisimov is the artistic director of the Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre, co-founder of the International Stanislavski Academy , and one of the few masters in the world to utilize the Stanislavski System to create what he calls “The Art of Re-Living.”

In addition to our commitment to provide repertory theatre in Seattle , a distinctive aspect of our group is its international composition. Co-founders of SNT now make their home in Seattle , but hail from the countries of Canada , Cuba , England , India , Israel , Japan and Russia . The theatre also enjoys ongoing collaborations with theatrical artists from Japan , Korea and Russia including participation in international theatre festivals in Yuda , Japan in 2001, Tokyo , Japan in 2003 and Ussuriiskii , Russia in 2007.

We have a number of exciting initiatives coming up over the next two years:

* Our 2008 Season: We’re planning our 2008-2009 season. In addition to continuing our productions of The Seagull and Uncle Vanya, SNT will expand its repertory to include two works by the American playwright, Horton Foote. We’ll keep you informed of our next season as it is scheduled.

* Travel expenses and artist fees to bring Leonid Anisimov to Seattle in December 2008: Our co-founder and Executive Artistic Director, Leonid Anisimov, is instrumental to the life and artistry of SNT. In December 2008, he would like to come to Seattle to rehearse a new play with us, and continue to develop our 2008-2009 season. He will also present public classes for Seattle actors and collaborate with other theatre groups in the Puget Sound area.

* The 2009 International Theatre Festival: During the Summer of 2009, we would like to sponsor a Seattle-area convocation of theatre artists from Japan , Russia , Korea and the United States . This unique collaboration will bring actors from around the world for performances and a conference as part of SNT’s international scope, and expose Seattle audiences to the fine work of our peer organizations worldwide.

* Develop Educational Outreach: Another exciting aspect of SNT is our ongoing commitment to working with students of all ages in the further understanding of theatre art. With this in mind, we are currently providing and developing classes offering training in the Stanislavski System.

Allied Arts of Seattle has allowed us to solicit tax-deductible contributions for the theatre’s general operations with their fiscal sponsorship. Your contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, or even more will be so appreciated, and be instrumental in advancing the work of Seattle Novyi Theatre.

In order to make your tax deductible gift to Seattle Novyi Theatre, please make your check out to Allied Arts/Seattle Novyi Theatre, and mail it to:

Allied Arts of Seattle

216 First Avenue S - Suite 253
Seattle , WA 98104

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone at 206-753-8080, or email at seattlenovyitheatre@yahoo.com.


Thank you in advance for your support.


Sincerely,


Paul M. Layer

Co-Founder and Producer

Seattle Novyi Theatre
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-12-31 20:23 | Support

Festival in Russia in July 2007

Members of Seattle Novyi theatre went to Russia in July 2007.
Paul, Corinne and Kristine performed Uncle Vanya with Japanese and Russian actors at the festival in Russia.
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-12-29 00:50 | Gallery in Russia

Tickets

Contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com.

Tickets are $20/ $15 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door and by reservation on a first come first serve basis.


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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-05-25 15:18 | ticket

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya is a story about inspiration for the future, love and dreams, how big ideas become meaningless, and the summation of life.

Directed by Leonid Anisimov
Assistant Directed by Corinne Bogan
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~ Cast of Characters ~
Serebryakov, Aleksandr Vladimirovich, a retired professor
/ Leon Mattigosh
Yelena Andreevna , his wife
/ Anya Hanson, Erika Godwin
Sofya Aleksandrovna (Sonya), his daughter from a first marriage
/ Telisa Steen , Yoko Layer
Voynitskaya, Maria Vasilyevna, widow of the privy councillor, mother of the professor’s first wife
/ Wanda Moats, Corinne Bogan
Voynitsky, Ivan Petrovich (Vanya), her son
/ Paul Layer
Astrov, Mikhail Lvovich, a doctor
/ Erwin Galan , Robert Bertocchini
Telegin, Ilya Ilyich (Waffles), an impoverished landowner
/ Tyler Rhoades , Robert Bertocchini
Marina, the old family nurse
/ Kristine Knutson
A Workman
/ Erwin Galan , Robert Bertocchini , Devin Bartlett

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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-05-23 04:26 | Uncle Vanya

The Seagull

"It is a comedy, three women parts, six men parts, four acts, a country scene (view of a lake) ; a lot of talk about literature, little action, five tones of love " by Chekhov

Directed by Leonid Anisimov

The action takes place on Sorin’s estate near Moscow. The first three acts happen within two weeks. Between Acts 3 and 4 there is an interval of two years.
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~ Cast of Characters ~
Arkadina, Irina Nikolayevna, (Madame Trepleva), an actress
/ Yoko Layer
Teplev, Konstantin Gavrilovich ,Her son, a young man
/Joe Feeney , Tyler Rhoades
Sorin, Pyotr Nikolayevich, her brother
/Leon Mattigosh
Zarechnaya, Nina Mikhailovna, a young girl, the daughter of a wealthy landowner
/ Erika Godwin , Anya Hanson , Yoshiko Nakazawa( on March 10, 15 )
Shamrayev, Ilya Afanasyevich, a retired lieutenant, Sorin’s manager
/ Robert Bertocchini
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Masha, his daughter
/ Kristine Knutson
Trigorin, Boris Alekseyevich, a writer
/ Paul Layer
Dorn, Yevgney Sergeyevich, a doctor
/ Peter Sorensen
Medvedenko, Semyon Semyonovich, a schoolmaster
/Joe Feeney , Tyler Rhoades , Subash Gutala , Erwin Galan

There will be a 15 minute intermission between Acts 2 and 3.
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-05-23 04:11 | The Seagull

Acting classes

Seattle Novyi Theatre (SNT) is offering a workshop entitled The Art of Stanislavski and You for children from 6th grade to 9th grade beginning January 19, 2008. In this workshop we will create alongside the story structure of the play using three parts of the Stanislavski System:

* Inner Action
* Visualization
* Judgment


These will greater enhance the students ability to communicate to their partners on stage, and discover unique pathways into the suggested circumstances of the play and their own imagination.

Workshop Information and Location

Location: University Heights Community Center

Wednesday 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Saturday 10AM – 1PM

January 19 – March 13, 2007

Grades 6-9

Cost: $300

Workshop Theme: Scenes from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and other plays

The workshop will be taught by Paul Layer and Corinne Bogan

Paul is an actor, producer and one of the founding members of SNT. He has studied the Stanislavski System with Honored Artist of Russia, Leonid Anisimov since 2001, and over the last seven years has implemented aspects of the system developed by Stanislavski in productions of The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Lower Depths with Art Theatre of Puget Sound, Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre, and SNT. Additionally, Paul taught acting classes in Tokyo using the Stanislavski System in 2004-05. From 1987 through 2000 he appeared in plays in various theatres throughout the Puget Sound area.

Corinne is an actor, director and is also one of the founding members of SNT. She has studied the Stanislavski System with Leonid Anisimov since 2006, and has implemented aspects of the system developed by Stanislavski while acting in The Seagull and co-directing Uncle Vanya.

For further information please contact either Paul or Corinne at:

(206) 331-6944 (Paul)

(206) 793-4586
seattlenovyitheatre@yahoo.com
www.seattlenovyi.org
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-05-14 07:02

Symposium - The Road Toward Inspiration

Four of our theatre members - Corinne, Robert, Paul & Yoko - went to Tokyo in early November to attend rehearsals and performances at Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre. They also participated in an International Symposium on Inspiration and Creativity in Tokyo on November 11. The title of the Symposium was 'The Road Toward Inspiration', and the following questions were discussed:
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left to right: Hirohito Kamize (translator), Leonid Anisimov, Sozo Tosaka (translator), Toshiko Toriyama

1. What is inspiration? Does it really exist?
Is there another word for it?

2. What is the relationship between inspiration and art?
Is inspiration necessary in theatre, film, or any kind of art?
Can art exist without it?

3. What is the way or road toward inspiration?

4. What kind of effect does inspiration have on life?

A panel of Japanese, Russian, Korean & American artists, philosophers and teachers was joined by approximately 150 people from theatres and schools around Japan to contemplate and discuss these questions.
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left to right: Hyo Hirota (MC), Toji Kamata, Tatsuo Kaneshita, Ken Itoh

The following is the translation from the program for the Symposium:

The Japanese panelists were:

Ken Itoh
TV documentary director, and director of the documentary film "Song of the Island - Thousands of Islands"

Mr. Itoh was born in Matsumoto city, Nagano prefecture in 1967. After he studied Urban Sociology centered on field works in the Department of Sociological Studies at Rikkyo University, he started to work as an announcer at NHK (the Japanese national television and radio broadcast company) in 1991. He also directed documentary programs and covered news when he encountered "To Live in Aga" by Makoto Satou, which convinced him of the higher possibilities of documentary films. He left NHK in 1997, and joined a program production company, Telecom Staff. Since then, he has directed many documentary TV programs.
His work includes:
"Song of the Island - Thousands of Islands"
"Mountains and Rivers Without End (Snyder, Gary and SKYPerfecTV!)
“Songs Do Walk” (Nanao Sakaki and SKYPerfecTV!)
“Word Trip Toward My Heart – Mizmal Anzai / Southern Areas of the USA” (NHK – BS2)
“This Wonderful Spaceship Called Earth / Native Americans” (TV Asahi)
“High-Vision TV Special Program – 9/11 – Four Years of Bereaved Japanese Families” (NHK – BS-hi)
The website for “Song of the Island – Thousands of Islands”:
http://www.telecomstaff.co.jp/shimanouta/index.html

Tatsuo Kaneshita
Playwright/Director
Mr. Kaneshita was born in Hokkaido in 1964. He graduated from the Nippon Engineering College, and the actor’s training school of Seinenza Theater Company. He established “Theater Production Company The Gazira” in 1987. Its first performance “Once Upon A Time In Kyoto” (Jels Hall in Tokyo) won the Jels Circuit Grand Prize. He has established himself as a playwright and director since that time.

Mr. Kaneshita won the Rookie of the Year award at the 42nd Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize for “Tatsuya – Side of the Beloved” in 1992, and the Individual Prize at the 32nd Kinokuniya Theatre Awards for “POW – Prisoner of War” and “Samuhana”, which he wrote and directed himself in 1997.

He also won the Grand Prize and the Best Director Prize at the 5th Yomiuri Theatre Awards for his four plays “POW – Prisoner of War”, “In Front of the Greenhouse” (by Kunio Kishida), “Release on Parole” (by Akira Yoshimura), and “The Bottom” (by Masataka Matsuda).

Mr. Kaneshita creates theater works that always look at Japan while expanding the breadth of his career in many fields.

The website for Theater Production Company The Gazira:
http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~cottone/gajira.html

Toji Kamata
Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design / Shinto Songwriter
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Mr. Kamata was born in Tokushima Prefecture in 1951. He graduated from Kokugakuin University, Department of Literature, Philosophy Section, and completed a Doctoral course at the same university with a degree in Shintoism. He won Rookie of the Year at the Shintoism and Religion Society Research Encouragement Awards for “Legend of the Water God.” He was awarded with a Joint Research Prize in 1990 by the Japan Child Care Society Research Encouragement Awards. He was a joint research member and visiting assistant professor at the International and Japanese Culture Research Center from 1989 to 2000. He served as Celtic studies visiting researcher at Dublin (Ireland) University in 1995.

Mr. Kamata formed a music unit called “Unit of Origin Soul of Sound” in May 1998, and started his career as a stone-pipe player. He appeared as a “Shinto songwriter”, and released his first CD in December 1998, and composed 200 songs that year. He performs live at venues around Japan.

He obtained his PhD (Literature) at the University of Tsukuba with “Comparative Religious Research on Spirit of the Words” in March 2001. He is now a professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, and Chief Director of NPO Tokyo College of Liberty. His specialties are philosophy of religion, folklore, and history of Japanese thought.

His books include: “Theory of an Old Man and Child”, Fieldwork of the Gods World”, “The Spirituality of Shintoism”, “Curse Killing and Theory of Boundary of the Charm”, “Literature Magazine – Spirituality”, and “Spiritual Man.”
Toji Kamata’s Official Website: http://homepage2.nifty.com/moon21/index.html

Toshiko Toriyama
Chairwoman of NPO Tokyo Kenji’s School of Free Waldorf Shure

Ms. Toriyama graduated from the Department of Education at Kagawa University. Throughout her 30 year career as a public elementary school teacher in Tokyo, she developed progressive classes to stimulate the minds and bodies of children while studying the works of predecessors in related fields. She retired in 1994, and started to give workshops and lectures under the name of “Kenji’s School” speaking out on how to “connect our lives.” She searched for a system that a person could use to live their life as a whole at home and at school. She started to establish a new school with teachers and parents who were in sympathy with her ideas. Tokyo Kenji’s School started in April 2001, and she was in charge of the 6th grade, and the principal of the school. She also completed a one year special training course in Steiner Education for Japanese in Nuremburg, Germany in 2004.

Ms. Toriyama’s works include: “Making by Being Made”, “Kenji’s School”, and “Knowing Through the Body, the Strength to Live” (books); and “Natural Agriculture” and “To Hand Down the Mountains for Our Children” (documentary films).
The website for NPO Tokyo Kenji’s School of Free Waldorf Shure is:
http://www1.neweb.ne.jp/wa/kenji/

The Russian Panelists were:

Leonid Anisimov (biography appears elsewhere on this website)

Professor Yachin (biography to follow soon)
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The American Panelists were Paul Layer, Yoko Layer, Corinne Bogan and Robert Bertocchini.
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left to right: Paul , Yoko Osaka ( Actress and translator for Americans)

Theatre's friends in Japan
Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre is beginning its 3rd years, and we were privileged to see 3 rehearsals (The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull), and 4 performances (Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, At The Bottom and The Love Suicides at Sonezaki).

Party at Theatre
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Robert & Paul are talking about SOMETHING? in the theatre.
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Japanese translator( Russian and Japanese)- Mr.Tosaka.
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We went to Kamakura with Leonid and some of Japanese actors.
Big Buddha!
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Ocean - Kamakura
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Chizu, Leonid, Yoko & Yoshiko
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Leonid, Yoko & Corinne
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Yoshiko, Corinne & Yoko
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Corinne & Yoko
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Corinne in front of Hase temple.
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Corinne is very Happy!!
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Robert Love JAPAN !!
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Pual & Yoko shopping.
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Japanese actors on the train.
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Corinne, Paul, Robert on the train.
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-05-12 17:56 | Symposium in Tokyo

About Anton Chekhov

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(29 January 1860 –15 July 1904) was a major Russian writer known primarily for his short stories and plays. Many of his short stories are considered the apotheosis of the form while his plays have had a great impact on dramatic literature and performance. From Chekhov, many contemporary playwrights have learned how to use mood, apparent trivialities and inaction to highlight the internal psychology of characters. Chekhov's four major plays— The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard —are frequently revived in modern productions.

Chekhov was born in Taganrog, a small provincial port on the Sea of Azov, in southern Russia on January 29, 1860. A son of a grocer and grandson to a serf who had bought his own freedom, Anton Chekhov was the third of six children. In 1879 Chekhov entered the Moscow University Medical School. During this time, he published hundreds of comic short stories, under the pseudonym Anton Chekhonte, in order to support himself and his mother, sisters and brothers.

Chekhov qualified as a physician in 1884, but continued writing for weekly periodicals while practicing medicine in Moscow, Melikhovo and Yalta. By 1886 Chekhov was becoming a well-known writer, but he still considered his writing a hobby.

b0096595_1037840.jpgUncle Vanya is a tragicomedy by the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov published in 1899. Its first major performance was in 1900 at the Moscow Art Theatre under the direction of Konstantin Stanislavski. It was the second of four Chekhov plays that were presented (and the first to premiere) at the Moscow Art Theatre. The other three plays were: The Seagull, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

"Uncle Vanya" is unique among Chekhov's major plays because it is essentially an extensive reworking of a play published a decade earlier, "The Wood Demon." "Uncle Vanya" was published in 1899, but it is difficult to determine when the work was originally finished, or when the revision process took place. Recent scholarship suggests that Chekhov may have revisited "The Woood Demon" during his trip to the island of Sakhalin, a prison colony in Eastern Russia, in 1891.

b0096595_10432653.jpgIn 1901 he married Olga Leonardovna Knipper, an actress who performed in his plays. Chekhov died on July 15, 1904 in Badenweiler, Germany.
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-05-11 16:58 | Chekhov

About Leonid Anisimov

b0096595_9192680.jpgLeonid Anisimov is an "Honored Artist of Russia," a title that represents his country's highest recognition of artistic achievement. Trained at the Moscow Art Institute, the artistic director of the Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre, The Ussuriysk Drama Theater, and co-founder of the International Stanislavski Academy, Anisimov is one of the few masters in the world to utilize the Stanislavski system to create what he calls "The Art of Re-living." His plays are known for simple, yet theatrical staging that emphasize the actor's ability to realize moments fully and truthfully.

Throughout his 15 years as Artistic Director of the Vladivostok Chamber Drama Theatre, Anisimov built a company repertoire of 15 plays. During the Chamber Drama Theatre's 1995 visit to Seattle, the Seattle Weekly described the acting in Anisimov's The Seagull as "moments laid lovingly down like pearls on velvet, each one shining with a rich luster," while The Stranger reported the production as "quite simply, what live theater should be". Anisimov and his company returned to Seattle in 1998 and performed The Lower Depths to sold-out houses at Freehold Theatre and the Tacoma Little Theatre. He directed local actors in the Art Theatre of Puget Sound's 1999 production of Uncle Vanya, and in 2001, The Cherry Orchard. Mr. Anisimov continues to lecture, teach, and direct in the United States, Japan, and Russia. Most recently, he taught at Cornish College, Freehold Theatre Lab, the University of Washington, the University of Puget Sound, Seattle Pacific University, Perezhhivanie Art Theatre and Theatre Kyo in Tokyo, and at the International Stanislavski Academy in Yuda, Japan.


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This picture is from a collaborative rehearsal of "The Seagull" Act 1-Sorin and Nina-(Viktor Baigulov from Russia and Yoko Layer from Japan) at the International Stanislavski Academy in Yuda, Japan, 2001.
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-05-10 17:03 | Leonid Anisimov

The First year's members - Biographies

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Robert has been studying Chekhov and Stanislavski with Leonid Anisimov since 2001. He was involved with an international collaboration in Yuda, Japan with Russian and Japanese actors in 2001 and 2003 under the direction of Anisimov.


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Corinne is currently co-directing with Leonid Anisimov, in Seattle Novyi Theatre's production of Uncle Vanya. Corinne attended Cornish College of the Arts, Studied with Mark Jenkins at Freehold Theatre Lab & Studio and trained with Leonid Anisimovs' winter workshop, which ended with a performance of The Seagull.


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A recent graduate of UW, Joe was recently seen in The Cherry Orchard at UW under the direction of Leonid Anisimov and in This is Our Youth, a Direct Flight Production hosted by WET

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Erika has been in Seattle since graduating from Western Washington University with a BA in Theatre in 2004. Some of her favorite roles include Bette in The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Sue/Joan/Joanne in Lion in the Streets. She was last seen as Olivia in Twelfth Night and Helena in The Rover, both at Ghost Light Theatricals.


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Hailing originally from Cuba, Erwin has appeared locally in Tino does Time at Live Girls! Theatre and The Gamblers with Steeplechase Productions.


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He started pursuing acting after be moved to Seattle in 2005. He is taking classes Freehold on method acting. He aspires to be a truthful actor, both on and off stage. He has been involved with Seattle Novyi Theatre since 2006. In his life, he is a devotee of Saibaba.


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Anya immigrated to the United States from Russia in March 2003. She was involved in community theatre in Volgograd, Russia where she began studying the Stanislavski system. She took an active role in developing a drama ministry in her church and directing/producing “He lives” a multimedia and theatre production. She first joined the Seattle Novyi Theatre working as Leonid’s interpreter and later became a part of the cast.



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Kristine Knutson earns her living as a librarian, studies taichi and is a certified teacher of the Skinner Releasing Technique. After hearing Leonid Anisimov speak about the Stanislavski Technique in 1999 she began to study with him whenever the opportunity arose. Under Anisimov’s direction she has had the opportunity to rehearse the role of Masha in The Seagull and Marina in Uncle Vanya.

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Paul has been acting in, directing and producing theatre in the Seattle area since 1989. He has been studying and using the Stanislavski System since 2001. Under the direction of Leonid Anisimov he has appeared in The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya and The Lower Depths in Seattle ,Tokyo and Russia.

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Yoko has been acting for 18 years, and the last seven years have been with Leonid Anisimov using the Stanislavski System. Additionally, she has been training as apprentice and performing Noh Theatre with Mr.Rokuro Umewaka. She is also a member of Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre.



b0096595_16313472.jpgLeon Mattigosh
Leon has been performing and taking classes in Seattle for 28 years. He is a member of the Red Earth Performing Arts Company. Leon’s most memorable roles have been in Susan Simpson’s Moline and in Bruce Miller’s creation epic, Changer. Leon is an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. His most influential teacher is his wife, Lynne.



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Wanda has studied with Laurel Paxton. Her last performance was Madame in The Maids by Jean Genet.



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Since relocating from Bellingham in the middle of 2004, Tyler has been acting at various companies around Seattle, including Village Theatre, SecondStory Repertory, and Ghostlight Theatricals. Tyler graduated from Western Washington University in 2003 with a degree in Theatre Arts, and hails originally from Kenmore.



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Peter has been studying Chekhov and Stanislavski with Leonid Anisimov since 2003. He was involved with an international collaboration in Tokyo, Japan with Russian and Japanese actors in 2003 under the direction of Anisimov. He has appeared in The Seagull and The Lower Depths in Seattle and Tokyo.

Telisa Steen
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Lynne Compton is a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1996.
Throughout her training, emphasis was put toward applying the Technique to the skills required by performers. She has taught at Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program, the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Pacific University, and others. She has been a Freehold faculty member for five years.

Devin Bartlett He is from Los Angeles.

Michael Perrone
Michael is currently serving as Technical Director for Theater Schmeater, having recently designed the set for Miss America, A Fugue Born in 1969. He was last seen in The Twilight Zone and Shoppers Carried by Escalators into the Flames, both at Theater Schmeater. He also appeared in The Cherry Orchard under the direction of Leonid Anisimov in 2001.


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Guest from Japan on March 10&15, 2007
Ms. Nakazawa is a member of Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theater, and one of the founding members of Perezhivanie Art Theater led by Leonid Anisimov.
Mr. Anisimov has directed Ms. Nakazawa for major roles in many of Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theater productions including Anya in The Cherry Orchard, Nina in The Seagull, Natasha in At The Bottom and Ohatsu in Love Suicides at Sonezaki.

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This will be her first stage appearance in the United States. She will also participate in Korean and Russian art festivals in June and July 2007 with Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theater. She is a graduate of Tama College of Art with a major in performing arts.
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-05-07 15:11 | Members

The Seagull / The first performance

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Date; March 18-25, 2006
Location ; Northwest Actors Studio
Directed by Leonid Anisimov
Technical Director ; Michael Perrone
Stage Managers ; Erika Godwin , Kristine Knutson , Peter Sorensen
Lighting ;Robert Bertocchini , Erwin Galan
Sound; Kayako Mima, Yoko Layer
Poster Design ; Ayano Fukaya

The action takes place on Sorin’s estate near Moscow. The first three acts happen within two weeks. Between Acts 3 and 4 there is an interval of two years.

~ Cast of Characters ~
Arkadina, Irina Nikolayevna, (Madame Trepleva), an actress
/ Yoko Layer / Nili Tserruya
Teplev, Konstantin Gavrilovich ,Her son, a young man
/Joe Feeney / Tyler Rhoades
Sorin, Pyotr Nikolayevich, her brother
/ Leon Mattigosh
Zarechnaya, Nina Mikhailovna, a young girl, the daughter of a wealthy landowner
/ Mikano Fukaya / Kayako Mima
Shamrayev, Ilya Afanasyevich, a retired lieutenant, Sorin’s manager
/ Robert Bertocchini / Erwin Galan
Polina Andreyevna, his wife
/Corrine Bogan / Lynne Compton
Masha, his daughter
/Erika Godwin / Kristine Knutson
Trigorin, Boris Alekseyevich, a writer
/Paul Layer
Dorn, Yevgney Sergeyevich, a doctor
/Mark Burke / Peter Sorensen
Medvedenko, Semyon Semyonovich, a schoolmaster
/Neil Brookshire / Sam Tsubota
Yakov, a workman
/Joe Feeney / Tyler Rhoades / Peter Sorensen

There will be a 15 minute intermission between Acts 2 and 3.

Special Thanks to:Lucia Neare , Anya Hanson , University Christian Church
Lowell and Shirley Knutson , Nancy Nickerson , Laurel Paxton
Elena Hartwell . Charlotte Tiencken , Louise Hoeschen-Goldberg
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-03-18 16:50 | First performance

Director’s Note from The seagull program

Born as human beings we are predestined for creativity…Day by day we have the ability to create or destroy with our thoughts, feelings, and imagination. "The Seagull" is a play about love, art and inspiration. We all want this in our lives and it would seem that it is easily achieved…

I would like to express my gratitude to the American actors who made this project come alive for their courage, talent and faith in the "miracle" called THEATRE!
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-03-18 04:24 | Leonid Anisimov

Uncle Vanya / The First performance

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Date : May 5 , 6 , 2006
Located at Act in Class,12301 Sandpoint Way NE,Seattle
Directed by Leonid Anisimov
Assistant Directed by Corinne Bogan
Technical Director ; Michael Perrone
Poster Design ; Ayano Fukaya
Lighting Director ; Robert Bertocchini
Lighting Board Operators ; Joe Feeney

~ Cast of Characters ~
Serebryakov, Aleksandr Vladimirovich, a retired professor
/ Leon Mattigosh
Yelena Andreevna , his wife
/ Erika Godwin
Sofya Aleksandrovna (Sonya), his daughter from a first marriage
/ Yoko Layer
Voynitskaya, Maria Vasilyevna, widow of the privy councillor, mother of the professor’s first wife
/ Laurel Paxton
Voynitsky, Ivan Petrovich (Vanya), her son
/ Marke Burke / Paul Layer
Astrov, Mikhail Lvovich, a doctor
/ Erwin Galan
Telegin, Ilya Ilyich (Waffles), an impoverished landowner
/ Tyler Rhoades
Marina, the old family nurse
/ Kristine Knutson
A Workman
/ Robert Bertocchini

Special Thanks to ; Anya Hanson , Mikano Fukaya , Nili Tserruya , Lynne Compton,

Tonight's performance of Uncle Vanya is the child of 8 weeks of rehearsal ; Four weeks with leonid Anisimov and four weeks his assistant director Corinne Bogan. It is also the completion of what began as a 3 & 1/2 month workshop with Leonid Anisimov in January 2006. In the beginning of our work with Mr. Anisimov we rehearsed and performed the Seagull. During our performances of The Seagull in March we began concurrent rehearsals of Uncle Vanya. with his departure in early April, Corinne Bogan took over as assistant director. Ms. Bogan will continue to direct Uncle Vanya throughout the year. The seagull is being guided by Lynne Compton who is serving as assistant director for The seagull throughout the year.
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-03-17 16:56 | First performance

Uncle Vanya Part 1

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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-01-11 16:30 | Gallery Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya Part 2

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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-01-10 09:06 | Gallery Uncle Vanya

The Seagull at Northwest Actors Studio

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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-01-09 17:12 | Gallery The Seagull

Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre

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Letter of Recommendation for Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre
Written by: Dr. Kyozo Takei, Professor of Japanese Literature

b0096595_1849444.jpgTokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre is a theatre group that was founded in 2004. It consists of NPO Dramatic Company Kyo (founded in 1988) as the parent body), and Perezhivanie Art Theatre (founded in 2000) and Studio Sontse, which were born from master classes directed by an honored artist of Russia, Leonid Anisimov.
The Repertory Theatre has performed modern classical plays such as The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, and The Love Suicides at Sonezaki by Monzaemon Chikamatsu. They are directed by Mr. Anisimov and supported by Housei Kudo, who is in charge of make-up and wigs.
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I saw almost every play, and paid special attention to their quality. Of the six plays they have performed, The Love Suicides at Sonezaki has an outstanding result, which I believe can only be obtained with the sensibility of a foreign director. The play is performed on a darkly lit stage. By using dim lighting from lanterns and sharply colored red costumes effectively, the Repertory Theatre has created a world of beauty for b0096595_18492433.jpgChikamatsu, which no one has been able to discover on the stages of Kabuki and Bunraku. This reminds me of the perspective of foreigners who for the first time visited Japan during the Meiji Period, and the impression of Rembrandt's art work is woven into the play so that the peculiar harmony of West and East esthetics are born here.

This group has adopted the Stanislavski System as an acting method. Recently, the system has not been considered the latest method, yet with the direction of Mr. Anisimov, a new aspect is added and has been reborn as an acting method for Japanese actors. Young actors of this group are well trained, and many of them have a high level of concentration. In The Love Suicides at Sonezaki they have expressed true sentiments: pitifulness and imprudence of a young man and woman. The young actors physical bodies are well resonated with these elements of the play.
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It is today's common knowledge among scholars that during the Edo Period the only adaptations of this play that were performed were considered detrimental amendments. Even the production of The Love Suicides at Sonezaki rewritten into the form of Kabuki and Bunraku by Nobuo Uno during the post war period does not touch the real nature of the original written by Chikamatsu. Because Mr. Anisimov's direction is free from the history of past performances, his version of The Love Suicides at Sonezaki has touched the true essence of Chikamatsu. The heart of Chikamatsu, rediscovered by a foreign director, and given an opportunity to be exposed abroad, will, I believe, be further polished and will shine as a form of theatre art. Therefore, I hereby recommend Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre.b0096595_158279.jpg
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# by seattlenovyi | 2006-01-06 17:13 | Tokyo Novyi Theatre

Seattle Novyi in the NEWS !!

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# by seattlenovyi | 2005-12-31 21:21 | Seattle Novyi