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Leina Dueck and Tetsuro Shigematsu in After the Quake: Junpei telling Honeybear's story to little Sala

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Kevan Ohtsji in After the Quake: M. Katagiri, "an absolutely ordinary guy"?

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Alessandro Juliani and Tetsuro Shigematsu in After the Quake

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Kevan Ohtsji and Alessandro Juliani in After the Quake: "Mr. Katagiri, Tokyo can only be saved by a person like you".

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Tetsuro Shigematsu, Manami Hara, Alessandro Juliani and Kevan Ohtsji in After the Quake: "The tight-knit threesome of Junpei, Takatsuki and Sayoko".

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Manami Hara, Leina Dueck and Tetsuro Shigematsu in After the...

After a great first week of After the Quake, let us introduce you to the fantastic directors, actors and members of the crew you haven't met yet!

Craig Hall, Director. Craig is a Vancouver based Director/Designer and the Artistic Producer of Rumble Productions. Directing credits for Rumble include Cozy Catastrophe, Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut (Critics Choice Innovation Award) and Recovery. Other favorite directing include Lazy Susan for Theatre Melee, Broiler for Theatre Replacement, The Domino Heart, Snowman, Till I am Myself Again and Delvecki's Closet (Jessie Award for...

Check out what people are saying about After the Quake:

“I hadn’t been to a play in a really long time. As in I can’t even remember the last time I saw living, breathing actors on stage in front of me instead of projected, cold onto a screen. The experience is so different, I had forgotten what a thrill live theatre can be. Especially good live theatre. But after the quake isn’t just good live theatre–it’s excellent, delicate, surreal, hilarious, and thought-provoking. It makes me want to go see more plays in this city.”

Jake Tobin Garrett,

"Wildly original and warm without...

Check out what our photographer, Ken Bryant, has to say about shooting for live theatre:

"The production shoot is a dress a photographer's dream in many ways: scores of lights, gelled and focussed, wielded by a lighting professional, and a cast with weeks spent living in their roles; freedom to roam the theatre with his camera and choose any angle that still allows him to stay out of everybody's way, a fly on the ceiling."

Read the rest of the post here.

@donforan is the winner, with the following haiku:

Tsunami nightmares

In the wake of disaster

Life after the Quake

Congratulations to @donforan, and thanks to everyone else who entered! We got some great entries — here are some of the runner ups:

The earth can move you

in some very special ways.

You must work with her!


Life after the quake.

Can super frog save

Vancouver theatre?


Rumble and grumble.

She stumbles from her slumber.

This morning she roars.


Lost or forgotten

Memories of the earthquake

Conjured the great Frog


In after the quake, Kevan Ohtsji is playing Katagiri and Katasuki, and Tetsuro Shigematsu is Junpei. We have asked them to tell us more about their characters.

Tetsuro Shigematsu:

Playing Junpei in after the quake has been one of the most exhilarating creative adventures of my life. Not only has this given me the opportunity to re-explore my own memories of living in Japan during the Kobe earthquake, but it been so enlightening to work with such a talented team of people. Alessandro, Manami, Kevan and Leina are all such talented and generous actors. Not only do they give me so much to respond...

The beautiful rehearsal photos you can see on this blog (here and here) are Ken Bryant's work. Read what he says about the link between theatre and photography!

After a lifetime spent teaching language, I am super-saturated with words, and increasingly fascinated by images. The photographs I most like to take are those of people — above all, people whose faces and bodies reflect action and emotion. I am attracted to complex and dramatic lighting, the kind that shows bodies and faces outlined in dense shadow, far from the flat, boring lighting of the TV sitcom. In short, the theatre is my...

The buzz is out! Check out The Province's coverage of After the Quake. You can also hear coverage on Tuesday's edition of CBC's On the Coast and later this week on CBC's The Early Edition.

What a treat it is to have time on your side.  And what about space?  That too.  For this production, we had both.  Longer rehearsal period means more time for discovery… more time for creativity to set in.  Of course, as a Set Designer, that doesn’t mean much unless the set is also involved in that process… and it was.  Cue the new rehearsal space known as “Progress Lab 1422”, and voila… time and space. The set was built ahead of time so it could be set up in the rehearsal room…. Most of it anyway.  It is truly a rare pleasure for directors to enjoy rehearsals on the actual set, as the set is...

After the Quake Costume Designer Sheila White took a few moments out of her busy schedule to tell us about the work she did for the show.

What sort of research have you done about Japanese clothing?

Fortunately the cast is of Asian descent so of course they had a lot to say about esthetics.

How are you dealing with Frog's costume?

There was a lot  of discussion over the character of frog. There are a lot of different ways one could go about costuming him. Firstly, one could be quite literal and make a huge lumbering frog costume. Or, one could pick up on the "essence" of frog by picking a few...


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