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Acclaimed Japanese theater group performs in Manila

MANILA, Oct. 29 — The highly-acclaimed Japanese theater group, Chelfitsch, is performing an award-winning production in neighboring Quezon City on Nov. 5 and 6, sponsored by the Japan Foundation-Manila and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA).

To be performed is “Five Days in March (Sangatsu no Itsukakan)” on Nov. 5 (Friday) and Nov. 6 (Saturday), 7:00 p.m. at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City

The play tells the story of a Japanese couple who met at a post-rock show and engaged in a one-night stand that lasts for five days during the time when the United States was launching a series of air strikes on Iraq.

The production received the coveted Kishida Kunio Drama Award, Japan’s highest award for theater drama.

Chelfitsch, a hybrid of the English words “selfish” and “childish,” describes how its members see contemporary Japanese society, and is one of the most acclaimed phenomena in Japan’s theater scene in the last decade, according to the Japan Foundation.

Toshiki Okada formed the group in 1997. Known for super-colloquial dialogue and sloppy gestures in everyday life, the group has achieved wide acclaim in premier theater festivals and venues throughout Europe and Asia.

Its other productions include: On the Harmful Effects of Marijuana (Marijuana no Gai ni Tsuite); Air-Conditioner (Cooler) and The End of Toil (Rouku no Owari).

The Kishida Kunio Award is named after one of the most prominent Japanese dramatists and writers of the early 20th century and one of the founders of modern Japanese drama.

The award is considered the equivalent to the Tony Awards of the U.S. (PNA)

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