Two short plays written and directed by Oriza Hirata and in collaboration with Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, a leading international researcher on robotics and director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University in Japan. In the first play, "Sayonara" (android and human actors), an android is bought to console a girl suffering from a fatal illness, but when its mechanics go awry, the meaning of life and death is questioned. In the second play, "I, Worker" (robots and human actors), a husband's struggle to cope with the loss of his child is juxtaposed with the malaise of one of his robots. This double bill will be performed by Hiratas Seinendan Theater Company, in English and Japanese with English subtitles. Three performances scheduled, February 7-9 at 7:30 pm.
$28/$25 Japan Society members
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