Butch Read, expat Australian comedian, who for the last 20 years has entertained people outside the Osaka Aquarium with his unique blend of comedy, magic, juggling and balloons while rapid-fire puns in the Osaka dialect stream from his mouth, has written a play in English about the alien experience among Japanese. All of the roles bar one are for Japanese people.
The persons represented in the play, and their ages are: Police Commissioner – Terasaki (59); Bando (59), a member of the city council, a fairly rich man; Kato, a police detective (30); Yago, a detective sergeant, the antagonist of the play (43); Rokubuichi, an actor (32); Monami, Bando’s daughter and an actor in the same theater group as Rokubuichi (29); Emi, Yago’s wife, former actress and now wardrobe mistress of the theater group (39); Chieko, Kato's lover and Monami’s understudy (26); and some miscellaneous parts -- a train station kiosk lady, police officers, gangsters, theater actors and crew, party house staff.
The present plan is to have auditions held during the first two weeks of July, rehearsals starting at the beginning of September and the play on stage at the beginning of November.
Anyone interested in playing roles, helping out with backstage or administration, or even just seeing the play should contact Read via his website -- www.butchread.jp.© Japan Today