after the quake Studio16

After the Quake

Pi Theatre and Rumble Productions present the Canadian premiere of after the quake, directed by Craig Hall and Richard Wolfe.

Please note: Advance tickets for after the quake are now SOLD OUT.  There may be a limited number of tickets available for sale at the door before each performance. The Box Office will be taking a waiting list at Studio 16 starting 1 hour prior to show time. We recommend you arrive early! Ticket availability cannot be guaranteed. If you would like to be notified in the event of additional performances, please sign up for our mailing list on our home page.

In 1995, a disastrous earthquake hit Kobe, Japan and the Tokyo subway was hit by deadly poison gas attacks. after the quake is based on bestselling author Haruki Murakami’s stories about life in the wake of disaster and was adapted for the stage by Frank Galati. Click here for more information about Murakami. after the quake takes its audience on a journey where magic and realism collide, in an exploration of disrupted reality. Junpei is a timid writer who enchants Sayoko, the love of his life, by conjuring up stories to soothe the anguish of her young daughter Sala, a girl who is having nightmares of the Earthquake Man. A talking bear makes the very best honey pies, and Katagiri, a bank loans officer, struggles to distinguish between what is real and what is not when six-foot Frog asks for help to fight off giant Worm for the future of Tokyo. Together, these stories explore the emotional aftershocks of disaster, and offer a message of hope and healing. Studio 16, 1545 West 7th Avenue, at Granville Street.

8pm Tuesday-Saturday, November 19-December 5 (opens November 20) 2pm matinees on Sunday November 22 & 29 and Saturday December 5 Post-show talk-back on Thursday, November 26. (Please note that our box office at the theatre accepts cash or Visa only.) 

Free underground parking is available at the theatre from 6:00pm on. Let us know what you think of the show! Complete this survey for a chance to win a gift certificate to Half Moon Books, Vancouver's Japanese Bookstore. Tickets are FREE to the first 20 Pi members at the door for the first week of each of our shows this season! Become a Member. Read the feature article on the show in the Georgia Straight. Check out some of the entries to our Quake haiku contest!

Cast: Sayoko/Nurse: Manami Hara Narrator/Frog: Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica's Gaeta) Takatsuki/Katagiri: Kevan Ohtsji Junpei: Tetsuro Shigematsu Sala: Leina Dueck

Set Design by Yvan Morissette | Lighting Design by Itai Erdal | Costume Design by Sheila White | Sound Design by Yota Kobayashi | Stage Management by David (DK) Kerr | Production Management by James Foy | Publicity by Bridge Communications | Illustration by Edward Kwong | Photography by Ken Bryant | Community Liaison Cindy Mochizuki

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Photos from after the quake: (all photos by Ken Bryant)

National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, Geist Magazine, The Powell Street Festival, The Bulletin, the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall, the National Association of Japanese Canadians, and Biz Books are proud to be community partners for this production.



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