The Play Co Extends ENJOY Thru May 1
ENJOY -- the comedy by the renowned, contemporary Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada -- will extend one week Off-Broadway through May 1, it has been announced by The Play Company, whose production of the play at 59E59 Theaters has enjoyed considerable critical and popular acclaim since it began previews on March 27 and opened April 6, 2010. Originally announced to run through April 25 at 59E59 (59 E. 59 St. between Park and Madison Avenues) ENJOY will now play added performances at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27 and Wednesday, April 28, and at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, Friday, April 30 and Saturday May 1, according to Kate Loewald, Founding Producer of The Play Company, and Lauren Weigel, Managing Producer.
Directed by Dan Rothenberg, ENJOY is performed in English in a translation by Aya Ogawa, by a cast of ten American actors.
An offbeat comedy of 21st century manners, ENJOY follows the romantic adventures of 20 and 30-something workers at a Tokyo manga café. The play creates a portrait of Japanese youth culture adrift and the gathering storm of economic uncertainty in their future. (Manga cafes are popular spots in Japan where people pay for space and time to read 'manga' - Japanese comic books of graphic novels - along with access to video games, television, internet, showers and food services.)
Considered one of Japan's leading contemporary playwrights, Toshiki Okada is the founder of his own theatre company, 'chelfitsch,' and has created a body of work there - including ENJOY, which premiered at Tokyo's New National Theatre. He is also a noted novelist, and his cutting edge work has drawn international attention not only from the theatre and dance works, but also from the fine arts and literary communities.
In what is regarded as a coup in many theatre circles, The Play Company production of ENJOY marks the first time that an Okada play has been performed by a company of actors not his own, and with a director other than Okada himself. ENJOY is the inaugural project in The Play Company's Universal Voices Translation Program, which commissions American translations of foreign-language plays.
The cast of The Play Company's production of ENJOY features an accomplished company of American actors including Kris Kling, Steven Boyer, Joseph Midyett, Alex Torra, Kira Sternbach, Stacey Yen, Mary McCool, Jessica Almasy, Joshua Koehn and Frank Harts.