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Pig Iron To Present ZERO COST HOUSE For Zoom

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Performances begin September 18.

Pig Iron To Present ZERO COST HOUSE For Zoom

Pig Iron Theatre Company will present Toshiki Okada's Zero Cost House (for Zoom), translated by Aya Ogawa, adapted and directed by Dan Rothenberg.

Performances are Friday, September 18 at 8pm, Saturday, September 19 at 8pm, Sunday, September 20 at 2pm and 8pm, and Friday, September 25 at 8pm (all times EDT). Following the Saturday night performance, there will be a talkback with Toshiki Okada and Dan Rothenberg.

Tickets for this Zoom performance are $10 per person and $20 per household, to encourage "podiences," an attempt to partially recreate the experience of watching theater as intended, alongside other people. Running time is 2 hours. Purchase at More info at

Pig Iron Theatre Company was poised to begin its 25th year of creating original work when COVID hit the United States. The company is known for experiments with form, site-specific work, and remarkable, idiosyncratic performances by actors who co-create their scripts. Zero Cost House is the experimental outfit's first digital presentation. Known for reinventing themselves with each new production, the company is moving onto screens for the first time.

A semi-autobiographical text written for Pig Iron by acclaimed Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada, Zero Cost House follows a writer as he reflects on his younger self in Yokohama. An outsider obsessed with Thoreau's Walden and Bjork's Post, what begins as nostalgia for a simpler existence becomes a looping, interior adventure into political awakening, and a demand for change in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima meltdown.

"The development of this play in 2011 was upended by disaster," says director and adapter Dan Rothenberg. "We had just begun to work with Toshiki when the tsunami struck. Toshiki felt he had to change course -- in his writing, in his life, in his way of being in the world. So what began as an adaptation of Walden became a political memoir and an indictment of the government's inaction during that crisis."

Zero Cost House originally premiered in September 2012 at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and was part of the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater in New York and then the Tokyo Performing Arts Market in 2013. The updated Zoom version premiered earlier this summer. Helen Shaw of New York Magazine called it "a deeply moral play... I think about that show weekly. It haunts me." New York Magazine placed it on the "Highbrow/Brilliant" end of the magazine's Approval Matrix, citing Dan Rothenberg's "elegant direction."

Zero Cost House (for Zoom) features Dito van Reigersberg (PITC Co-Founder, company member and better known as Martha Graham Cracker), Alex Torra (PITC Associate Artist, Team Sunshine), Mary McCool (New Paradise Laboratories, Play Company), frequent Pig Iron collaborators Maiko Matsushima and Saori Tsukada (Club Diamond at Public Theater, Sleep at BAM), as well as newcomers Will Brill (Broadway's Oklahoma!, Netflix's "The OA") and Aigner Mizzelle (BFA NYU, Tisch).

The production team includes Maiko Matsushima (Visual Design), Rucyl Frison (Sound Design), Adam Swez (Stage Manager), Jacob Gilbert (Sound Operator) and Alexandra Tatarsky (Dramaturgy).

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