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Ripe Time to Make 'Next Wave' Debut with Haruki Murakami's SLEEP at BAM

Ripe Time to Make 'Next Wave' Debut with Haruki Murakami's SLEEP at BAM

BAM presents the New York premiere of Haruki Murakami's Sleep, from Brooklyn-based theater company Ripe Time in their
Next Wave debut, running November 29-December 2, 2017.

Obie Award-winning, Brooklyn-based theater company Ripe Time makes its BAM mainstage debut with Sleep. Adapted for the company by Alpert award-winner Naomi Iizuka from a shattering 1994 short story by Haruki Murakami, a housewife's surreal yet liberating bout with insomnia serves as a powerful metaphor for freeing oneself from numbing routines and societal expectations.

Directed and devised by Ripe Time artistic director Rachel Dickstein, Sleep features a predominantly female creative team, an original score performed live by the NewBorn Trio, and an ensemble cast comprising Akiko Aizawa, Brad Culver, Takemi Kitamura, Paula McGonagle, Jiehae Park, and Saori Tsukada.

Ripe Time is an Obie Award-winning theater company devoted to creating original multidisciplinary events for the 21st century celebrating women's dreams and awakenings. Since 2000, under the direction of Rachel Dickstein, Ripe Time has created six large-scale ensemble works that have received three Obie Awards and nominations from the Drama Desk, the Drama League and the Joe A. Calloway Award for outstanding direction. Its work has been presented at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, The JCC in Manhattan, 3LD Art & Technology Center, the Ohio Theatre, PS 122, the Clark Studio at Lincoln Center, LaMaMa, Ko Festival, Voice and Vision, and Watermill. Designs from two of Ripe Time's productions were featured in the 2015 USITT Prague Quadrennial, an international exhibit featuring excellence in design from across the globe. Artistic Director Rachel Dickstein received the 2015 LPTW Lucille Lortel Award in honor of her work with the company.


Haruki Murakami's
Adapted by Naomi Iizuka
Directed and devised by Rachel Dickstein and Ripe Time

Music by NewBorn Trio
Set design by Susan Zeeman Rogers
Projections design by Hannah Wasileski
Lighting design by Jiyoun Chang
Sound design by Matt Stine
Costume design by Ilona Somogyi

BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), 321 Ashland Pl
Nov 29-Dec 2 at 7:30pm; Dec 2 at 2:30pm
Tickets: $25

Master Class: Devising Murakami with Rachel Dickstein
Co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group
Dec 1 at 10:30am, Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave)
Price: $25
For theater makers
Visit for more information and to register

Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

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