“I’m Trying to Understand You, But”

Zeitaku Binbou, led by playwright/director/actor YAMADA Yuri, was launched in 2012. It produces work that gently links society and theater, capturing the voices of the weak in modern society. “I’m Trying to Understand You, But” is their 15th piece. Teru and her boyfriend Ko are an ordinary couple. One day, they find out Teru is pregnant, and the atmosphere surrounding them starts to shift. That comes to involve her friends as well as maids who for some reason are present in the house. The piece questions what happens when men and women try mutually to understand what they can never understand about the other. It gained attention at the TPAM 2019 Fringe.

Harajuku VACANT

Presented by: The Japan Foundation (JF) (https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/)
In cooperation with EPAD (https://epad.terrada.co.jp/)

<Performance Credits>
Written and Directed by: YAMADA Yuri
Performers: SHIMADA Momoko, YAMAMOTO Masayuki, TAJIMA Yumika, OTAKE Konomi, AOYAMA Sachiko
Art Direction: SUZUKI Yui
Music and Sound: KANEMITSU Yuumi
Costume: YAMAGUCHI Daiki
Hair and Makeup: FUJIMOTO Nozomi
Assistant Scenographer: SAKURAI Minami
Stage Manager: KAWAMURA Tatsuya
Assistant Stage Manager: CHEN Yen-Chun
Projection: KISHIMOTO Tomoya
Lighting Advisor: NAKAYAMA Nami
Translation: Christopher GREGORY
Production Manager: HORI Asami
Presented by: ZEITAKU BINBOU

<Subtitling Credits>
Chinese Translation (Simplified): Zhenzhen WU
Chinese Translation (Traditional): Muju TSAN
English Translation: Christopher GREGORY
French Translation: Miyako SLOCOMBE
Russian Translation: Ekaterina TARASOVA
Spanish Translation: David TARANCO

End date of distribution: 19/3/2023