A Fool's Life

Project Description:


A Fool’s Life

Presented by Ahuri Theatre, in association with Why Not Theatre

Opens September 30 and runs to October 8, 2011 (preview September 29)
at The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen Street West

A Fool’s Life is a fantastical tale about a family man coming undone. This new play is inspired by the life and short stories of Japanese writer Akutagawa Ryunosuke, often referred to as ‘the father of the Japanese short story’, and best known as the author of Rashomon. Dark, bizarre and absurd, this multi-lingual piece combines elements of Butoh, live drumming, shadow puppetry and projections on a set made entirely of paper.

Director: Dan Watson
Ensemble: Richard Lee, Claire Calnan, Derek Kwan, Julian DeZotti and Haruna Kondo (Japan).
Kagura drummer: Gaishi Ishizaka (Japan)
Set & Projection Design: Sean Frey
Lighting Design & Stage Management: Andre du Toit

Paula Citron, Globe and Mail

“4 stars out of 4. A Fool’s Life is one of those original productions that satisfies on every level – intellectually, emotionally and visually.”

Nikka Times

“Even drops of sweat are made impressively beautiful through Ahuri Theatre’s artistically trained muscles.”

Robert Crew, Toronto.com (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)

“wonderfully imaginative little show that is well worth 75 minutes of anyone’s time”