“Oyasumanasai – Good Night But Don’t Fall Asleep”

Cigare Sisters are a unit formed by Ayana Shiihashi and Junko Miyabe. Miyabe, who is a member of Gotandadan Theater Company led by Maeda Shiro, and Shiihashi, a professional Rokyoku performer, gradually became aware of each other when people said that they looked and talked alike. They formed the Cigare Sisters after the performance of Oyasumanasai in 2016. Oyasumanasai is a conversation play written by Shiro Maeda, which was first performed by Gotandadan in 2003. In this two-person play, right next to the person who has a headache, the person who wants her to stay awake keeps talking to her. She comes up with the greeting, “Oyasumanasai” which literally means, “Good night, but don’t fall asleep”. Maeda wrote this piece so that the two characters can be played by actors of various of age, gender, and relationships. After the performance in Shinjuku, Tokyo, the Cigare Sisters’ performance of this piece has been staged in Kyoto, Moscow, and other cities.

Shinjuku Ophthalmologist (Ganka) Gallery : Space O

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

<Performance Credits>
Written by: MAEDA Shiro
Directed by: MIYABE Junko
Performers: SHIIBASHI Ayana, MIYABE Junko
Lighting Design by: ODAWARA Naoya
Video Documentation and Editing: KAWAMOTO Naoto
Associate Producer: YAMAMORI Ryohei

<Subtitling Credits>
Chinese Translation (Simplified): Yu ZHANG
Chinese Translation (Traditional): NITTA Yukio
English Translation: Christopher GREGORY
French Translation: SOEJIMA Aya
Russian Translation: Anastasia PUSHKOVA
Spanish Translation: David TARANCO
Subtitle Editor: YAMAGATA Mirei

<Promotional Text>

End date of distribution: 19/11/2022