A man waits in a crowded Tokyo train station for the love of his life to arrive. At the same station, a woman walks dangerously close along the edge, up and down the platform. These two are closely observed by the noodle-stand girl, who decides to take their fate into her own hands.
Train is the story of three people brought together by a strange connection in a place where lives and possibilities intersect. Based on personal histories and the blurred line between truth and imagination, Train is written and performed by Maiko Yamamoto, with musical accompaniment and performance by her father, Kofu Yamamoto, direction and choreography by Sarah Chase, additional direction by James Long, dramaturgy by Vicki Stroich, and featuring the design talents of Barbara Clayden, Cindy Mochizuki, Antoine Bedard and Jeff Harrison.
“Train takes us into an imaginative world of love and loss as perceived through the eyes of a very contemporary Japanese sensibility.”
“Everything about this play projected simplicity. The idea: a man waiting in a train station. The set: a stack of Japanese bowls, a bench and a clothesline. The performers: a girl and her father. Theatre Replacement’s Train built upon these relatively simple concepts to create a beautiful and haunting production.”
–Plank Magazine, Vancouver
Enbridge PlayRites Festival,
Alberta Theatre Projects
February 13-23, 2008
Big Secret Theatre
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
October 8-11, 2008
April 28-May 9, 2009
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