It is the final week for the critically acclaimed production of DANIEL MACIVOR’S thoughtful meditation of love and belonging at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. The piece is now a few weeks in to its World Premiere. The piece is said to be darkly poetic and finely acted.
From the underground nightclubs of Tokyo to the hallowed stages of Noh Theatre, a visiting Canadian author is pulled into a world of obsession, sex, and longing. Arigato, Tokyo is a thoughtful meditation on the many meanings of love and our place in it.
The production is directed by Buddies’ Artistic Director Brendan Healy, with performances by David Storch (In The Next Room, Tarragon; Frost Nixon, Canadian Stage) Cara Gee (The Rez Sisters, Factory Theatre; Stitch, SummerWorks) Tyson James, and Michael Dufays, and designs from the award-winning team behind Blasted and The Maids Kimberly Purtell, Julie Fox, and Richard Feren.
The piece is said to be inspired by the playwright's own experience abroad as MacIvor was, himself, a visiting author in Japan when inspired to write Arigato, Tokyo. He had been invited to participate in a local production of his play You Are Here. He had offered to rewrite the play to be set in Japan, but the local company refused. The fact that the play was so deeply rooted in a foreign land was what made the script appealing to the Japanese company. Intrigued by this idea, MacIvor decided to write a play set in Tokyo.
Inspired by The Tale of Genji, one of the oldest novels in the world, Arigato, Tokyo is a fusion of Japan and the west. From a script structured in the style of traditional Japanese Noh Theatre, to set and costumes that combine western and eastern aesthetics, the play is a deeply personal experience of another culture. A story about people struggling to connect across cultural divides while navigating murky waters of desire and passion.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presentsARIGATO, TOKYO
by Daniel MacIvor
directed by Brendan Healy
starring Michael Dufays, Cara Gee, Tyson James and David Storch