Engage in an interactive modern retelling of the Japanese classic folktale Peach Boy (Momotaro) in this Children’s Day Festival. Children and adults of all ages assemble samurai helmets and other festival-related items in pre-theater crafts workshops to serve as participant props during the performance. Directed by Sonoko Kawahara, this production will feature song, dance, samurai sword fighting and audience participation.
Text by Leah Nanako Winkler & Conceived and Directed by Sonoko Kawahara
Asuka Morinaga, Kzuhiro Imafuku, Tomoko Tokugaki, Kiyo Takami, Ai Ikeda and Yoshi Amano
Fumi Tanakadate (Taiko artist)
Asuka Morinaga (Oneesan (MC)/Hime) Asuka is from Hiroshima, Japan. She was a member of Haiyuza Theater Company in Tokyo for more than 10 years and has acted in numerous plays for the company both in Japan and abroad. Theater credits include “The Seagull “(Nina), “Chidori” (Chidori) and others. NY: “Kutsukake Tokijiro” (Flea Theater), “Utsuyo Kakuryo” (HERE), Reading: “SAYONARA” (Pan Asian Repertory). Graduated from Toho Gakuen Theater Dept. and studied at HB Studio.
Iazuhiro Imafuku (Momotaro) is a native of Tokyo, studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse. He has appeared in a short “PALM” and also will be performing in “The Seagull” (The Instigators present) at Access Theater from May 26th. Kazuhiro is very excited to play Momotaro with all talented cast and crew for Children’s Day Festival at Japan Society for the first time. kazuimafuku.com
Kiyo Takami (Dog/Obaasan/Singer1) Kiyo is an actress/singer/dancer born and raised in Sapporo, Japan. Some of her favorite projects: Leonard Melfi’s “Birdbath” (Velma Sparrow), “S/K“ (co-creator), “Dojoji-The Man Inside the Bell” (Kiyohime), “Seussical the Musical” (Gertrude McFuzz), and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Marcy Park). She is a founder of Brooklyn based theater company Kitchen Table Works, where she collaborates with fellow artists to create bold and adventurous theater experience for New Yorkers.
Tomoko Tokugaki (Monkey/Ojiisan/Singer2) Tomoko has been performing in the US and Japan for over 35 years. When she was a young student, she saw the kid’s musical of MOMOTARO in Japan, and from that point, she knew she wanted to be an actor someday. She has performed in the musical: “Annie Get Your Gun” (Winne); “The Wedding Singer” (Linda); “Godspell”; “42nd Street”; “SEMPO”; “Elisabeth”; Mozart, the play: “Hedda Gabler” (Hedda Gabler); “Nogikunohaka” (Tamiko); “The Kitchen”; “Pericles”; “The Lady Aoi” (Nippon Experimental Theater), Publication: NIPPON-JIN(Model) and Film/TV (Oneesan, Singer, Navigator)/ Commercial (choreographer)/CD/PV/ Concert Love/Thanks to MOMOTARO family! I found my new dream right now :)
Ai Ikeda (Bird)
Yoshi Amao (Oni) Since arriving in New York in 1990, he has been entertaining audience as an actor, emcee, voice talent, and samurai martial artist. Yoshi formed a unique theater company, Samurai Sword Soul (SSS) in 2003, and has been seeking for the ultimate entertainment performance through the spirits of samurai and sophisticated sword fighting. Film: “The Beaver”(Dir. Jodie Foster), “Beneath Fiery Sky”(Dir. Nick Hayes/Cannes Film Festival), “An Ideal Marriage”(Dir. Ted Sharks/NYC Indie Film Award Grand Prix) “8:46”(Dir. Jennifer Azano), etc. TV: “Blacklist: Redemption”(NBC), “Billions”(Showtime), “White Collar” (USA), “Samurai Sportsman” (OLN) “The late night with Jimmy Fallon” (NBC), “Japanizi Going Going Gong” (Disney XD), “Big in Japan” (Greece, Sweden, Portugal) Theater: “Deadly She-Wolf, Assassin at Armageddon!” (Japan Society/Mandell Theater/La MaMa). www.yoshiamao.com
Fumiko Tanakadate (Taiko Artist) Fumi is a taiko artist and pianist based in New York, who has a unique combination of expertise in European Classical music and a background in traditional folk dance and music from her hometown in Japan. Having studied extensively with Kaoru Watanabe, Fumi performs as part of Néo, Watanabe’s new project that binds the nostalgic sound of Japanese traditional music and the complex jazz improvisations. Fumi has collaborated with Kenny Endo, Ryutaro Kaneko, and KODO members (Chieko Kojima, Yuta Sumiyoshi), and performed at Joe’s Pub, ShapeShifter Lab, Nublu, National Sawdust, and the Met. As a classical pianist, Fumi has performed in Japan, US, Austria, and Spain. BA, Wesleyan University; MM, Manhattan School of Music. www.taikonyc.com photo (c) Bryson Kim
MOMOTARO (Peach Boy): A Quest of a Hero Comes from the Giant Peach is supported by the Mental Insight Foundation and
The Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York (A.R.T./New York).
From our first family show for Japan Society Family Program in last summer