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Friday, May 28, 2004


Play to fete Canadian-Japanese ties

To mark the 75th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan in 1929, the Bungakuza Theatre Company will present a classic Canadian play June 4-13 at Kinokuniya Hall in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

"Waiting for the Parade," penned by leading Canadian playwright John Murrell, is a story about five Canadian women in Calgary, Alberta, during World War II who struggle to deal with the changes war brings to their lives. The five women will be played by Yoko Todo, Keiko Tsukamoto, Kaoru Soya, Fuyuka Koriyama and Junko Miura.

Murrell, born in Texas, has been artistic director at the Banff Centre for the Arts since 1999. His works include "Power in the Blood," which won him the 1975 Clifford E. Lee award, and "Memoir," his biggest hit, written in 1977.

The play, performed in Japanese, will be staged at 2 p.m. June 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13, and at 7 p.m. June 4, 7, 9, 10 and 11.

Admission is 5,550 yen for adults, 3,800 yen for students. For tickets, call 0120-48-1034 or 0570-02-9988, or go to the fifth floor of Kinokuniya near the East Exit of Shinjuku Station.

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