Amongst the new generation of Japanese theatremakers, Toshiki Okada and his company Chelfitsch stands out with a unique theatrical vision and a willingness to tackle their country’s social malaise. —Jackie Fletcher, British Theatre Guide

In Ground and Floor, chelfitsch Theater Company and revered playwright Toshiki Okada take the audience on an in-depth exploration into theater and the dream-like realms of fiction. Influenced by the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting impacts on Japanese society, Ground and Floor is a narrative of the dead and the living that is played out on the stage of a “Japan in the not-too-distant future.” With inspiration also taken from the ancient Japanese theater tradition of Noh, Ground and Floor pivots on a female character as she attempts to confront the dramatic silence around her. Ground and Floor is a moving metaphor for contemporary Japan and with an original score by, Tokyo musicians, Sangatsu is an experience of stand-out musical theatre singular only to chelfitsch Theater Company.

September 21st show includes pre-show Q&A with Toshiki Okada starting at 3:30.

Click here to view a PDF of collected reviews, interviews, articles, and links for a more in-depth look at Toshiki Okada and chelfitsch Theater Company productions.

For discounted group tickets to a performance for school and youth groups, please contact Roya Amirsoleymani, PICA’s Community Engagement Manager, at [email protected].