Playwright Bases New Work on Osamu Tezuka's World War II manga

posted on 2007-08-30 09:48 EDT
"Trees and Ghosts", adapted from three of Tezuka lesser-known manga, looks at memories of World War II in Japanese society.

Playwright Natsu Onoda is writing and directing a play based on three short manga stories by Osamu Tezuka . The three manga she is adapting, none of which have ever been translated into English, are "Daishogun Mori e Yuku" (The Great General Goes to the Forest), "Sei Naru Hiroba" (Sacred Plaza), and "Tenteke March." According to Onoda, all three are "modern folk tales" that interweave motifs from traditional Japanese mythology with the reality and memory of World War II.

The play, entitled "Trees and Ghosts", will feature a variety of unusual elements such as interactive video, live on-stage drawing, and live taiko drums. It will premiere on November 8 at the Gonda Theatre, on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Performances will be held until November 17, and tickets can be purchased through the Georgetown box office

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