Thursday, May 1, 2014

Robot Theater

Two short plays involving robot/human interaction. Presented by Seinendan Theater Company

Seinendan Theater Company + Osaka University Robot Theater Project
A Double Bill of One-Acts,
Written and Directed by Oriza Hirata

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013

"Imagine a time when "robot maids" are commonly found in family households. That's the much-anticipated setting of these two heartrending short plays by Oriza Hirata, founder of Japan's celebrated Seinendan Theater Company. In Sayonara (android and human actors), an android is bought to console a girl suffering from a fatal illness, but when its mechanics go awry, the meaning of life and death to humans and robots comes into question. In I, Worker (robots and human actors), a husband's struggle to cope with the loss of his child is juxtaposed with the malaise of one of his robots, which has lost all motivation to work. This double bill was developed in collaboration with Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, a leading international researcher on robotics and Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University. Sayonara will be performed in English and Japanese with English subtitles. I, Worker will be performed in Japanese with English subtitles."

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