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invisible neighbors inspired by 8

Invisible Neighbors (inspired by “8”)


November 13th - November 16th, 2014


Asahi Art Square


Adv. ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
Unreserved seating


11/13 (Thu)19:00
11/14 (Fri)15:00*
11/15 (Sat)15:00 / 19:00*
11/16 (Sun)15:00

*11/14 Post-performance talk: Kaori Nishio + Naoko Miyaji (Hitotsubashi University, psychiatrist)
*11/15 Post-performance talk: Kaori Nishio + Toshinao Sasaki (writer, journalist)
Moderator: Kako Kishimoto
Box office opens 1 hour before.
Doors open 30 minutes before.

Performed in Japanese with English surtitles
Duration: 110 min.

Exploring the issue of same-sex marriage through translated theatre

Japanese director Kaori Nishio is known for her inventive use of theatrical spaces to ask intellectual yet tough questions. While she is well regarded as a playwright in her own right, having been nominated for the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award, she here creates a new work analyzing themes and elements of “8”, the American verbatim play about same-sex marriage by Academy Award-winning writer Dustin Lance Black, and which she previously directed as a staged reading in Tokyo in July. While “8” is based on an actual court case where gay couples in California fought for their rights, what if the same thing happened in Japan? “Invisible Neighbors” zooms in on the overlooked segments of society, the people who have dropped out of the common “story”.

Artist Profile

kaori nishio

Kaori Nishio

Dramatist, Director, Leader of Bird Park

Born in 1985. After a childhood in Malaysia she researched Shuji Terayama and Shogo Ohta at university, founding Bird Park in 2007. Since then she has handled all of the group’s scriptwriting and directing. Her work explores space and language, always approaching subjects from a slightly oblique perspective to shine a gentle spotlight. She has created performances in a range of local sites in Tottori, Kitakyushu, Hiroshima and Osaka, including a former warehouse, an old Japanese house and a disused shop. She was nominated for the 58th Kishida Kunio Drama Award.

Cast, Staff

Text, Direction:

Kaori Nishio (Bird Park)

Dramaturge, Surtitles Translation, Surtitles Operation:

Kako Kishimoto (utsubo)


Reiko Inage, Kumi Hyodo (Seinendan), Shoko Matsumura

Masataka Uchiumi, Mai Endo (Nijyuni-Kai), Kumi Kureshiro (warui-shibai), Takehiko Kurokawa, Arishi Takeda, Maki Nishiyama, Aoi Nozu (Sample), Asuka Hamaru (KAKI-KUU-KYAKU), Hiromi Miyazaki

Previously announced cast member Daisuke Nemoto has withdrawn from the production due to unforeseen circumstances.

Stage Manager:

Takeshi Hongo

Assistant Stage Manager:

Emi Shinohara


Ayaka Miyanaga


Hikaru Nakamura


Sumire Mori (Bird Park)


Fumiko Hideshima, Fumika Kuwabara (KAKO)

Assistant Directors:

Makoto Fukushima (Tokyo no kumo), Kenta Kato


Atsushi Miyata


Yuichiro Nagatsu

Production Co-operation:

Nanako Iizuka

Production Co-ordination:

Saeko Hagiya; Orie Kiyuna, Takako Yokoi (Festival/Tokyo)

In co-operation with

In co-operation with Bird Park, utsubo, Seinendan, Nijyuni-Kai, warui-shibai, Sample, KAKI-KUU-KYAKU, Letre, Tokyo-no-kumo, Roku-shaku-dou, Stage Lighting Staff Co., Ltd.

Produced by

Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Presented by



Asahi Art Square

4F Super Dry Hall


1-23-1 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo


Tel: 090-9118-5171




5 minutes’ walk from Exit 4 or 5 of Asakusa Station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. 10 minutes’ walk from Exit A5 of Asakusa Station on Toei Asakusa Line.

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Tickets on general sale from 10:00, September 28th, 2014

Early bird discount: All general tickets 30% off between September 20th and September 27th


General Tickets (+¥500 for tickets purchased on day) ¥3,000
Early Bird Discount ¥2,100
Pair ¥2,700
5 Performance Set ¥2,400
3 Performance Set ¥2,550
Student Tickets (show ID when collecting ticket) ¥2,000
High School & Under Tickets (show ID when collecting ticket) ¥1,000

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