Haruki Murakami’s SLEEP

Adapted by Naomi Iizuka

Adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story
Devised and Directed by Rachel Dickstein
Text by Naomi Iizuka


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 (EnjoyThe 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.


SOLD OUT. Limited tickets may be released; please call the Box Office on February 24 at (212) 715-1258 to check availability.



There will be three public performances of this work-in-progress from February 26 – 28, 2016 at 7:30pm at Japan Society, located at 333 East 47th Street in Manhattan. $20 general admission tickets and $18 Japan Society member tickets can by purchased by visiting japansociety.org or calling 212.832.1155.

Visit JapanSociety.org for tickets and more information.





Illustration by Kat Menschik © 2009 DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne