Wednesday, March 05, 2008

"Man of Flame" is a play about Van Gogh.

Myoshi Juro wrote "Man of Flame." Takizawa Osamu played Van Gogh in the first production.

Osama the actor had a copy made of a chair that Van Gogh used, and he sat in the copy on stage.

The theatre director and thinker Tadashi Suzuki disagreed with the chair.

He thought that a Van Gogh written by a Japanese playwright was a Japanese Van Gogh. He thought a Japanese Van Gogh would sit on the floor. Very likely he would sit on the floor on "a frayed and dirty cotton cushion."

--ideas and quote from "The Way of Acting: The Theatre Writings of Tadaki Suzuki"