"A spirited novelist in the vanguard of contemporary Thai literature, novelist Uthis Haemamool, has won high accolades internationally for his brilliant examinations of the identity and psyche of individuals living in today's Asia. Toshiki Okada, playwright and director of the theatrical company chelfitsch, quickly became a focus of attention throughout the world of theater for his style incorporating the daily doings and mindset of Japanese youth into an updated version of contemporary theater. He has since staged works reflecting his keen insights into contemporary society at major festivals and theaters inside and outside Japan.
These two creators are collaborating for the first time in the making of ""Pratthana - A Portrait of Possession,"" a theatrical adaptation of Haemamool's latest novel by Okada. The world premiere performance will be held in Bangkok.
The protagonist of the narrative is a lone painter who lives in Bangkok. He struggles while searching for himself in his artistic activities and the surrounding social context, and goes through various encounters and losses. In the temporal flow from the 1990s to the present, the play vividly depicts the psyche and sexual feelings of the characters, with echoes of the history of and political changes in the society they inhabit. In so doing, it poses the fundamental question of just what it means to live.
The play is performed by 11 extremely talented actors who were selected through auditions held in Bangkok. Yuya Tsukahara, a member of contact Gonzo, discharges the role of scenographer and handles the spatial design. The assistant director is Wichaya Artamat, a director coming to the fore who is based in Bangkok and is active in For What Theatre and other groups. The play will have the additional support of other creators who are coming together from Thailand and Japan.
The world premiere is not to be missed!
* The full information about the project will be made available to the public on July 20 (Friday)! Please watch for it!"
Original novel by: Uthis Haemamool
Born in Kaeng Khoi in Saraburi, the central part of Thailand, in 1975, Uthis Haemamool graduated from Silpakorn University with a degree in painting, sculpture, and printmaking. “The Brotherhood of Kaeng Khoi,” his third full novel, was published in 2009 and established his position as an author. He won the Southeast Asian Write Award and the Seven Book Award for it in the same year, and was cited as one of the most important people in Thailand on the CNNGo show. From 2014 to 2015, Haemamool served as editor-in-chief of “Writer Magazine,” a Thai literary magazine, and “Prakod,” a literary journal published by the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture in the Thai Ministry of Culture. In June 2017, his latest novel “Pratthana – A Portrait of Possession” (The original title: “Rang Khong Pratthana” in Thai, “Silhouette of Desire” in English ) was published in Thai. In the same year, he held an exhibition in Bangkok titled “Silhouette of Desire” with his own drawings and paintings.
Script, Direction: Toshiki Okada
Born in Yokohama in 1973 and formed the theatre company chelfitsch in 1997. Since then he has written and directed all the company’s productions, practicing a distinctive methodology for creating plays, and has come to be known for his use of hyper-colloquial Japanese and unique choreography. In 2005, his play “Five Days in March” won the prestigious 49th Kishida Drama Award. In February 2007 his collection of novels ""The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed” debuted and was awarded the Oe Kenzaburo Prize. While his stories and plays continue to be published in Japan, his works have also been translated into many languages and published abroad. In 2016, he began a commission to direct works in a repertory program at the Munich Kammerspiele, one of foremost public theaters in Germany, for three consecutive seasons.
Bangkok Performance Information
“Pratthana - A Portrait of Possession”
World Premiere, Bangkok Performance
Original novel by: Uthis Haemamool (Original Title in Thai: ”Rang Khong Pratthana”)
Script, Direction: Toshiki Okada
Scenography: Yuya Tsukahara
Assistant Director: Wichaya Artamat
Casts: Jarunun Phantachat, Kemmachat Sersukchareonchai, Kwankaew Kongnisai, Pavinee Samakkabutr, Sasapin Siriwanij, Tap-a-nan Tandulyawat, Teerawat Mulvilai, Thanaphon Accawatanyu, Thongchai Pimapunsri, Waywiree Ittianunkul, Witwisit Hiranyawongkul
Aug. 22nd 19:30
Aug. 23rd 19:30
Aug. 24th 19:30
Aug. 25th 13:30★ / 19:30
Aug. 26th 13:30
★Post performance talk
■Performance in Thai with English and Japanese subtitles
Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
6 Floors at Mahachakri Sirindhorn Building Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University,
Phayathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Adv.：700 THB／At door：750 THB
Students Adv.：400THB／Students at door：450THB
Early Bird：550THB（Reservation & payment by July 31st, 2018）
（English & Thai）
Inquiry about performance
Yoko Kawasaki (in charge of Bangkok performance) +66-(0)64 316 6295
Megumi Mizuno (Tokyo Office) +81 -(0)3-6825-1223
Organized by: The Japan Foundation Asia Center, precog co.,LTD., chelfitsch
Supported by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), The Saison Foundation
Venue cooperation: Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University,College of Social Communication Innovation, Srinakharinwirot University, Democrazy Theatre Studio
In cooperation with: Candide Books & Café, all(zone), Aritst+Run Gallery, Bangkok Arts & Culture Center, Bangkok City City Gallery, B-floor Theatre
Endorsed by Japanese Association in Thailand