Time’s Journey Through a Room is set one year after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This intimate, multi-layered play observes how hope can spring up alongside sadness and fear, and change can be realized if we are awake to the present moment.


Marking PlayCo’s third collaboration with playwright Toshiki Okada, translator Aya Ogawa and director Dan Rothenberg, this production continues our exploration of Okada’s work which began with Enjoy in 2010, followed by The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise in 2014. Time’s Journey reflects the evolution of Okada’s writing in the years since the watershed 3/11/11 event in Japan.

Reviews of Time’s Journey Through a Room

“…the play may well linger in your mind long after time has supposedly moved on.”
Theatre is Easy

“The Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada’s latest disrupts conventional linearity.”
The Village VOICE

“…it metamorphosizes into a majestic rumination on the persistence of memory, love and death.”
Theatre Scene

Photos by Julieta Cervantes

U.S. Premiere
MAY 10 – JUN 10, 2018

Written by Toshiki Okada
Translated by Aya Ogawa
Directed by Dan Rothenberg

Maho Honda
Yuki Kawahisa
Kensaku Shinohara

Set Design:
Anna Kiraly
Costume Design:
Maiko Matsushima
Lighting Design:
Amith Chandrashaker
Sound Design:
Mikaal Sulaiman
Production Stage Manager:
Molly Shea

Japan Society

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 by special legislation in the Japanese Diet and became an Independent Administrative Institution in October 2003. The mission of the Japan Foundation is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries.

Japan Society

Japan Society is the leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language and education.