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Yu Murai, founder of the Theater Company Kaimaku Pennant Race, cleverly retells Macbeth through the 1960s mega-hit manga Ashita no Joe, providing insight into how the tale of one young man's rise from delinquent to professional boxer parallels that of the Scottish king. Littered with reimaginings of famous scenes from both works, this production is sure to titillate Shakespeare and manga lovers alike. Murai uses the mythos surrounding the boxer Joe to create a nonsensical theatrical production that cheekily smashes together two worlds fraught with angst and ambition. 

What is KPR?

Established in 2006.
In 2009, at their first overseas tour in New York, successfully obtained good
stage reviews and praises from various media, such as The New York Times

and Time Out New York.
In 2015, on the overseas tour to Tunisia and France, the works were

“A contemporary theater work by the awesome actors” (Tuniscope/Tunisia),

“This is a real artistic experience” (LaProvence/France), “If you see this shocking work,
 you cannot return to our earth anymore” (Theatrorama/France).

In 2016, they made a huge toilet with 10,000 toilet paper rolls on the stage

surrounding by all standing audiences (Theater tram in Tokyo).

Its unique spatial composition and stage art also attracts a lot of attention.
Won many awards.
A theater company from Tokyo.

 
 

Members

Yu MURAI

Responsible for the composition, screenplay, direction

and art of all works.

A bold work composition with sharp drama interpretation,

and fine-grain actor directing based on his original view point.

His unique spatial composition and stage art also attracts a lot of attention.

 Such as making a huge toilet with 10,000 toilet paper rolls on the stage surrounding by all standing audiences (Theater tram in Tokyo).

Recently started workshop lecturers and reading directing with an actor guidance method with wit rich directing technique.

Actors

Takuro Takasaki

G.K.Masayuki

 

Masterpieces of KPR

ROMEO and TOILET

In 2009, at their first overseas tour in New York, successfully obtained good stage reviews and praises from various media, such as The New York Times and Time Out New York.

In 2016, they made a huge toilet with 10,000 toilet paper rolls on the stage,
which shocked whole Tokyo theater scene.

1969:A Space Odyssey?Oddity!

In 2015, on the overseas tour to Tunisia and France, the works were “A contem porary theater work by the awesome actors” (Tuniscope/Tunisia),“This is a re
al artistic experience” (LaProvence/France), so far it has been to Tokyo・France・Tunisia・Thailand・South Korea.

 

Awards

2012

Yu Murai won two prizes, Award For Excellency and Audience Award, at Annual Young Directors Contest, held by Japan Directors Association.

2013

Murai received Honorable Award at Toga Theater Competition, given by the Japan Performing Arts Foundation, of which founder and the first chairman of the board was Tadashi Suzuki and the second (and the present) is Oriza Hirata.

2014

Murai received the Setagaya Art Award Hisho (Flight) by Setagaya City (Tokyo) and Setagaya Arts Foundation.

2016

Murai won two prizes, Award For Excellency and Audience Award, at Annual Young Directors Contest, held by Japan Directors Association.

 

Murai received the Director Award, at the 7th Theater Contest, held by Sengawa Theater.

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