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ATHENews - October 4, 2011 - Volume 25, Number 3 - Theaters for Japan
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ATHE Collaborates on Shinsai (The Great Quake), Theatre for Japan Event
March 11, 2012

On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the first anniversary of the earthquake, theaters everywhere are invited to join “Shinsai-Theaters for Japan.”

In collaboration on this remarkable relief effort are the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), The Atlantic Theater, The Dramatists Guild, Japan Society, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, The Play Company, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, The Martin E. Segal Theater Center, New York Theatre Workshop, Theater Communications Group.

A menu of 10 minute plays and songs has been commissioned from major American and Japanese artists, who have donated their work for this one-day only event. Using the model of 365 Days/365 Plays, each theater nation-wide will be able to craft its own event, drawing from the commissioned plays as well as from work generated by its own resident artists. It may even be that some of you have student work that can be used to mark this anniversary. Artists and audiences everywhere can donate to the Japan Playwrights Association, who will disburse to the Japanese theater community affected by the disaster. Donations of $10 are requested.

Contributing artists incude Edward Albee, Philip Kan Gotanda, Richard Greenberg, John Guare, Oriza Hirata, Naomi Iizuka, Shoji Kokami, Toshiki Okada, Suzan-Lori Parks, Yoji Sakate, Stephen Sondheim, Toshiro Suzue, John Weidman and Doug Wright.

ATHE President, Bill Doan, attended an organizational meeting in New York on September 27th. Organizing members from Lincoln Center Theater, TCG, The Public Theatre, and others expressed enthusiasm and appreciation for ATHE's involvement. More information is forthcoming, so be on the look out!

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