“Live Action Anime 2007:  Madness At Mokuba” to be Performed at M.I.T., Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2007 

CAMBRIDGE, MA, -- October 31, 2007 -- How can MIT students bring to life the excitement and eccentricities of anime? The MIT Dance Theater Ensemble will demonstrate the possibilities with its performance Live Action Anime 2007: Madness at Mokuba on Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 (Thu.-Sat.) at 8 p.m. The shows will be held at the Kresge Little Theater on the MIT campus (free and open to the public, seating limited to 200 each night). In conjunction with the performances, Prof. Ian Condry will give a kickoff lecture entitled “Explaining Anime's Global Power,” on Thursday, Nov. 29, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Room 56-114 on the MIT campus (also free and open to the public).

Website: http://www.LiveActionAnime2007.com

Part homage to anime history, part commentary on the plight of undocumented workers in the US, and 100% tribute to anime creators and fans worldwide, this original theatrical production features giant robots, a Japanese schoolgirl, a lovelorn otaku, a masterless samurai, a gamer woman, evil media magnates, and a vengeful deathgod who all battle for truth, justice, and the anime way.
SYNOPSIS: The stage is set for the finals of the giant robot contest at the Mokuba Institute of Technology. But as the two teams prepare for battle, a strange disease called VIRTIGO is sweeping the school, causing unpredictable reality slippages. And it's getting worse. Does it have something to do with Homeland Security's suspicious arrest of undocumented workers nearby? Can our heroes solve the mystery of VIRTIGO, help the workers, and . . . find love?

Directed by Prof. Thomas F. DeFrantz (Music and Theater Arts, MIT) with original script by Prof. Ian Condry (Foreign Languages and Literatures, MIT), the play features a cast of MIT students, faculty, and other members of the MIT community as they attempt to do the impossible: create live action anime. Don't miss this opportunity to see anime history in the making.
In conjunction with the performances, Prof. Condry will give a lecture entitled “Explaining Anime's Global Power,” on Thursday, Nov. 29, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Room 56-114 on the MIT campus (free and open to the public). Prof. Condry will discuss his current book project, Global Anime, including discussion of how his fieldwork research in Tokyo anime studios informed the play's conception (spoilers will be avoided).

The events are sponsored by the MIT Japan Program, MIT Music and Theater Arts, MIT Foreign Languages and Literatures, SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology, the Cool Japan Research Project, and the De Florez Fund for Humor.

For more information, please contact Ian Condry ([email protected]), Thomas DeFrantz ([email protected]), or KC Cortinovis 617-253-4771. Images for publication are available on request.
WEBSITE: http://www.LiveActionAnime2007.com

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