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Ōta Shōgo

(1939–2007) Japanese playwright and director. Born in China and evacuated to Japan after the Second World War, Ōta began writing plays in high school and was active in both ...

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M. Cody Poulton

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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... Shōgo ( 1939–  ) Japanese playwright and director. Born in China and evacuated to Japan after the Second World War, Ōta began writing plays in high school and was active in both theatre and politics for most of the 1960s. In 1968 he helped found Tenkei Gekijō (the Transformation Theatre) in Tokyo for which he served as house playwright and artistic director until the group was disbanded in 1988 . His first major critical success was the nō -inspired Legend of Komachi ( 1977 ). In contrast to the speed, noise, and garrulousness of much...

Ōta Shōgo

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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... Shōgo ( 1939–2007 ) Japanese playwright and director . Born in China and evacuated to Japan after the Second World War, Ōta began writing plays in high school and was active in both theatre and politics for most of the 1960s. In 1968 he helped found Tenkei Gekijō (the Transformation Theatre) in Tokyo for which he served as house playwright and *artistic director until the group was disbanded in 1988 . His first major critical success was the *nō -inspired Legend of Komachi ( 1977 ). In contrast to the speed, noise, and garrulousness of much...

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(1939–2007)Japanese playwright and director. Born in China and evacuated to Japan after the Second World War, Ōta began writing plays in high school and was active in both theatre ...
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J. Thomas Rimer

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...Japan entered a quieter political period and the theatre, as in the United States and Europe, often became more introspective and self-conscious, bringing metatheatrical and metaphysical elements to the fore. Representative of these trends is the work of director and writer Ōta Shōgo , whose plays, often located in such unlikely settings as a garbage dump or a public water station, examine the nature of contemporary Japanese society through non-verbal techniques. In addition to these ambitious forms, other entertainments have taken over the function served...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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3,051 words

...Although a far more prolific writer, Kara is far less well known in the West, as he toured his Jokyo Gekijo only to less-developed regions such as Bangladesh and Palestinian camps in Syria and Lebanon. Other key playwrights of this ‘first generation’ of postwar artists include Shogo Ota (b. 1939 ), whose company Tenkei Gekijo (The Transformation Theatre) was founded in 1968 ; Kunio Shimizu (b. 1936 ); and the distinguished novelist Abe, who wrote plays from the 1950s onwards and formed the Kobo Abe Stajio (Studio) which operated from 1973 to 1979 ....

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