PlayCo launches a new collaboration with Ripe Time to adapt Haruki Murakami’s iconic short story, for a new physical theater piece. In Sleep, the routine life of a Japanese housewife plagued by insomnia opens a window into a haunting and beautiful sleep-deprived world. Ripe Time’s award-winning Artistic Director, Rachel Dickstein, leads a trailblazing creative team including text by Japanese-American playwright Naomi Iizuka, set design by Mimi Lien (Enjoy, The Golden Dragon and The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise), lighting design by Jiyoun Chang (The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise), costumes by Ilona Somogyi, projection design by Hannah Wasilewski and an original score by the NewBorn Trio (Katie Down – The Golden Dragon). The premiere is planned for the 16/17 season.

Illustration by Kat Menschik © 2009 DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne

Studio Production
FEB 26 – FEB 28, 2016

Adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story

Adapted by Naomi Iizuka
Written by Naomi Iizuka
Devised and Directed by Rachel Dickstein

Akiko Aizawa
Brad Culver
Takemi Kitamura
Paula McGonagle
Jiehae Park
Saori Tsukada

Set Design:
Mimi Lien
Costume Design:
Ilona Somogyi
Lighting Design:
Jiyoun Chang
Projection Design:
Hannah Wasilewski
Original Score and Performance:
NewBorn Trio (Katie Down, Miguel Frasconi and Jeffree Lependorf)


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A collaboration with Ripe Time