What does the sport of baseball mean to you? Visionary playwright/director Toshiki Okada explores this iconic American symbol and its popularity in Korea and Japan. Incorporating Okada’s distinctive style of hyper-colloquial speech and exaggerated commonplace gestures, the play examines influence and cultural assimilation on a global scale.
Toshiki Okada is a Japanese playwright, director, and founder of the theater company chelfitsch. His work has been presented around the world and in the US with Under the Radar, Japan Society, and the Play Company.
Performances at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY, 10017
Presented by Japan Society
Commissioned by Asian Culture Complex – Asian Arts Theatre
Co-Produced by Asian Culture Complex – Asian Arts Theatre, Festival/Tokyo, Taipei Arts Festival
Additional Commissioning Support provided by: FringeArts, Philadelphia; Japan Society, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland; and Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University
Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball U.S. tour is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2015, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Program, and the Asian Cultural Council. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The New York Engagement of Toshiki Okada’s God Bless Baseball is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Research and workshop support: Doosan Art Center
Cooperation: Kinosaki International Arts Center, Steep Slope Studio, Sample