Ticket Price: S (Rows A - L) 6,000 JPY / A (Rows M, N) 5,000 JPY / Student 4,000 JPY
*student tickets are only available through K Productions
**production suitable for children in elementary school or above
Produced by K Productions
Well known for his plays Waiting for Godot (1952) and Happy Days (1961), the avant-garde novelist Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape is a monodrama written in 1958. A personal friend of Beckett, Marcel Mihalovici composed the music and thus a one act monodrama accompanied by a chamber music ensemble was created.
The premiere took place in Paris in 1961. It was during a time filled with experimental ideas, such as “music concrete.” Mihalovici successfully integrated the voice, instrumental music, and sound recorded on tape in this work in order to enact the world of Beckett in an operatic form.
Like the premiere, a solo baritone will unravel Beckett’s story along with the tape recorder. Krapp is played by Japanese baritone, Daisuke Oyama who is known for his versatile acting that ranges from opera to musical theatre. Recently in the past he performed the role of the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. His deep and rich voice along with the chamber ensemble centred on the piano and the recorded voice unravels the story of an old man who travels back in time to his youthful days.
It is a late afternoon, some time in the near future of the present, in a disorderly room. Krapp is celebrating his 69th birthday and as his annual custom, he prepares to record his comments and reflections on the past year. Before he starts to record, he takes out a tape from 30 years ago. This 39 year old Krapp had listened to a recording that he made ten or twelve years before, and makes his remarks on it. The memory of his mother, a lover, the past… He then takes out a fresh tape ad starts to record his voice.
Music Director: Ayako Ishigaki
Stage Direction: Daisuke Oyama, Kumi Odaira
Lighting Design: Shigeo Saito
Sound Engineer: XX
Costume Coordinator: Sonoko Takeda
Hair & Make-up: Tomio Kawabata
Super Title: Ritsuko Kato
Concept and Design: Kumi Odaira
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