About: After the Rain
An original theatre piece based on the short stories Rashomon, Magic, and Mandarin Orange, written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, who was Japan’s best short story writer and the most profound novelist of the Taisho period. During his short life (1892-1927, committing suicide at the age of 35) Akutagawa wrote more than 150 short stories. His story Rashomon was the basis of Akira Kurosawa’s renowned film in 1950. “After the Rain” was created, directed and designed by Watoku Ueno as a theatrical collage of Akutagawa’s short stories. It features original Japanese costumes, and folk songs as well as contemporary live music and projection images, dance and shadow puppets.