Time’s Journey Through a Room

By Toshiki Okada
Translated by Aya Ogawa
Directed by Dan Rothenberg


A soulful new play about how we move forward after life-changing events.

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.




Saturday, May 12

Join us after the performance for a conversation with playwright, director, novelist and the founder of chelfitsch Theater Company TOSHIKI OKADA as he talks about his work and how it has changed since the March 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan.  FREE



Sunday, May 13 • 4:30pm

At the Japan Society

Toshiki Okada leads an intensive workshop for actors, choreographers, dancers and physical theater artists. Okada’s directorial style, in which actors incrementally exaggerate everyday gestures and mannerisms through his stream of consciousness dialogue, won him critical acclaim worldwide. Delve into the idiosyncrasies of language and the physical body in this rare chance to work with one of the most talked-about Japanese directors living today. Japan Society Members $38, Non-Members $43

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TOSHIKI OKADA (Playwright) Born in Yokohama in 1973. Toshiki Okada is a Playwright / Director / Novelist. He formed the theater company chelfitsch in 1997, developing a methodology that combines hyper-colloquial language and unique choreography. A few highlights include: Five Days in March (2005) winner of the prestigious 49th Kishida Kunio Drama Award; his 2007 collection of short stories The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed awarded the Oe Kenzaburo Prize; the video installation Four Unremarkable Things You See at Train Stations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. In 2016 he began a commission to direct works in repertory at the Munich Kammerspiele for three consecutive seasons.

Photo: Kikuko Usuyama

AYA OGAWA is a Tokyo-born, Brooklyn-based playwright, director, and translator for the theater. She wrote and directed oph3lia at HERE; Journey to the Ocean, commissioned by The Foundry Theatre; and Ludic Proxy, commissioned by The Play Company, She is currently developing a new project titled FAILURE SANDWICH.  She has translated numerous Japanese plays into English, including over a dozen plays by Toshiki Okada. Her translations, described as “fluid and delicious” by American Theatre Magazine, have been published by Samuel French among others and produced in the U.S. and U.K. She is a current resident playwright at New Dramatists, artist in residence at BAX, as well as a NYTW Usual Suspects. Recipient: LMCC President’s Award, MAP grant, HERE Artist Residency.

Photo: Will O’Hare