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Seigo Hatasawa


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40 Minutes from the Back

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Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York



Theatre Arts Japan

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Original Playwright - Seigo Hatasawa. Theatre Arts Japan presents Volume 2 of its Reading Series, which introduces contemporary Japanese plays and playwrights to American audiences


In Kabuki plays, there are numerous stories glamorizing joint suicide between lovers. 40 Minutes from the Back puts a contemporary spin on this classical Japanese theme. The story begins in a hot spring town in northern Japan, on the top floor of an 8-story hotel overlooking an ocean-side cliff. Aimoto, a middle aged man, insists on having a massage, despite the late hour. Setsuko arrives to provide the service. A single 40 minutes massage session ensues and these two characters are found to have more in common than just a simple massage. They are both struggling to hang on in the face of death. By unveiling the reality of suicide as something unglamorous, 40 Minutes from the Back strays from the traditional Kabuki theme and leaves us with the optimistic view that the two characters will find resolution and healing through each other and not through a love suicide pact.

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