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ATHE Participates in Shinsai: Theaters for Japan

On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Japan, you are invited to join in with theaters across the country and the world in creating SHINSAI: THEATERS FOR JAPAN. (Shinsai [SHEEN-sigh] means great quake in Japanese.)

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. Each theater nation-wide will be able to craft their own event, drawing from the commissioned plays and/or from work generated by their own resident artists. Audiences everywhere on this day will be encouraged to donate relief funds (any and all amounts) to the Japan Playwrights Association to disburse to the Japanese theater community affected by the disaster.

Contributing artists include: Edward Albee, Philip Kan Gotanda, Richard Greenberg, John Guare, Oriza Hirata, Naomi Iizuka, Shoji Kokami, Tony Kushner, Toshiki Okada, Yoji Sakate, Kumiko Shinohara, Toshiro Suzue, Suzan-Lori Parks, Doug Wright, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman.

The plays will be available on the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) website starting in mid-December. In the meantime, feel free to check out the TCG website for the project at or the Facebook page for the event at for more information. If you are interested in being involved in this exciting event or have any questions at all, please email to sign up for our alert list and we will get you more information as we move closer to the event. If you are interested and are looking for other theatres in your area to work with on an event, please inform us as well and we will do our best to help facilitate that collaboration.

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