East River Park
(Between Grand and Jackson Streets)
Subway: F to Delancey or East Broadway, then 15-minute walk to East River Park
Five Days in March by Toshiki Okada, Performed by Witness Relocation
Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
Through a montage of relationships, this play captures the essence of Generation Y in Japan as the U.S. is set to wage war against Iraq.
Minobe meets Yukki at a rock show. Their awkward conversation leads to five days of wild sex in a love hotel. Azuma sells Miffy a ticket to a bad movie. Miffy thinks Azuma doesn’t return her feelings, so she decides to move to Mars. Yasui and Ishihara go on the anti-war protest. The police escort’s uniforms elicit more comment than the war itself.
Oblivious to the imminent invasion of Iraq, these young revolutionaries obsess over the details of their lives, reflecting the irony and impotency of Generation Y in Japan today. The story unfolds through actors who slip in and out of character while also narrating and playing out scenes. The play, a winner of the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award, is at once funny, sad, anticlimactic and devastating.
Updated: June 22, 2010