"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!

Biography

Original novel by: Uthis Haemamool

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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

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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

Performance Schedule

2018
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

Venue

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

Ticket price

Adv.:700 THB/At door:750 THB
Students Adv.:400THB/Students at door:450THB
Early Bird:550THB(Reservation & payment by July 31st, 2018)

Ticket booking

・TEL:+66(0)0646796768
・Email:pratthanabkk@gmail.com
(English & Thai)

Performer's Biographies

Jarunun Phantachat

Graduated from Mass Communication, Chaing Mai University, Phantachat is Co-Artistic Director and Founder of B-Floor Theatre; a movement-based theatre group in Bangkok. She is a Thai contemporary theatre director and dynamic physical performer. She has been performed in many productions of the company and be parts of several international collaboration projects in Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the USA. She has been praised as “one of the best stage actresses in the country”. Winner of the “Silpathorn Award” presented by the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture of Thailand in 2014. Recently in 2016, her role in a short movie “Ferris Wheels” brings her the best actress award from “ShortShorts Film Festival & Asia 2016”.

Kemmachat Sermsukchareonchai

After graduating the faculty of Engineer at Chulalongkorn University, where he also studied Stage Lighting in the faculty of Arts and gained experience as an actor and lighting designer, he became a member of Democrazy Theatre Studio, where his role is a lighting designer and an actor. His outstanding theatrical achievements are: a performer in the performance “Fundamental”, by Teerawat Mulvilai from B-Floor Theatre, winning IATC Thailand Awards 2016 as the best performance by an ensemble, the best art direction and the best movement-based performance, a lighting designer for the play “Boxes”, by Adjima na pattalung, being nominated for five awards in IATC Thailand Awards 2014 and winning the best art direction, and actor in the play “Jao Rok - Imaginary Invalid” By Parnrut Kritchanchai from New Theatre Society, in which he played three characters.

Kwankaew Kongnisai

A Thai actress and singer, mostly with credits in stage performances including musical theatre, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts by Bangkok University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Theatre by Australian Institute of Music. In the profession as a singer, she is skilled in several styles including jazz, pop, Bossa, disco, musical, etc. She has professionalized in dubbing works also. With the talent she has shown in acting since a very young age, Kongnisai is a well trained and experienced stage actress. However, despite the already outstanding career, she continues to pursue her dream as an actor, a career not only defined by the beauty, elegance, and grace she has held. She is not yet satisfied with the icon style she has made in the past theatre works. She wants more, and to share more.

Pavinee Samakkabutr

Samakkabutr has been working in the fields of theatre and performing art as actress, lighting designer, and producer with many theatre groups in Thailand to pursue her passion for performing arts and develop her skills for art profession since 2000, after graduating from Thammasat University in major of Drama, and from Chulalongkorn University in major of Speech Communication & Performing Arts. As an actress, she has continuously performed with various directors, Thai and international, such as Adjima Na Pattalung, Nikorn Saetang, Pradit Prasartthong, Wichaya Artamart, Oriza Hirata, and Mikuni Yanaihara. She is also co-founder and producer at Democrazy Theatre Studio, Bangkok, the progressive and independent studio that has produced a wide range of theatre works, events, and international festivals. Furthermore, she has been working with Democrazy to support a new generation of professional theatre practitioners, and new audience in Thailand.

Sasapin Siriwanij

A Bangkok-based performer, director, and producer, Siriwanij began acting while studying at Chulalongkorn University, where she received her M.A and B.A in English Literature. Having trained with various types of theater, she eventually joined B-Floor Theatre as a full-fledged member in 2009, and has been continuously performing in physical theater productions with the company both in Thailand and abroad since. Her directorial works began debuting in 2013. Her latest work was a performance titled ""OH! ODE"" (Oh! What Joy, What Goodness, What Beauty Calls For Ode No.7012) at WTF Gallery and Cafe, Bangkok, in 2017, and won her ""Best Performance by a Female Artist"" award at IATC 2017. Sasapin is also B-Floor’s project manager for many international collaborative projects, as well as working independently with international collaborators. In 2018, she is the chairperson of Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting (BIPAM) board of artistic directors.

Tap-a-nan Tandulyawat

Graduated from Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University in, majoring in Performing Arts, he studied Dramatic arts from Faculty of Arts as a minor subject. He did a trainee position in Moradokmai theatre troop, the Thai troop believing in the Buddhist way of living and also merging the Buddhist philosophy into the methods of acting, directing and storytelling. He is a freelance actor, appearing both on stage and TV series, and also engages himself in directing his own work and writing script for TV series.

"Teerawat Mulvilai

A co-artistic director of B-Floor Theatre. He is a versatile theater artist, who is also a performer, a dancer, and a director of physical theater. His works combine fine arts and performing arts, seeking to critique the society and politics, addressing injustice, violence, and structural problems that impact people's lives. He is hailed as one of the most critically and socially conscious directors of our time. In 2012, he was honored with Piti Silp Santhi Dhamma Awards for his outstanding and continuous work that promotes peace, democracy, and justice.

Thanaphon Accawatanyu

A director, a playwright and a co-founder of a theatre company, Splashing Theatre. Graduated from faculty of journalism and mass communication, Thammasat University. He practiced and gained experience in theatre at a drama club, Thammasat (TU Drama). Besides doing theatre, he is also a freelance writer. Although he usually does not take part in acting, he loves theatre and is very passionate about taking part in it. He often writes and directs a play himself. His works usually tell a little story about a little man as he is more interested in them than any grand story or majority. Winner of Bangkok Theatre Festival Award 2015 “Best Original Script”.

Thongchai Pimapunsri

An actor and a co-founder of a theatre company, Splashing Theatre. He graduated from the faculty of political science, Thammasat University. He practiced and gained experience in theatre at a drama club Thammasat (TU Drama). He has experience in many kinds of theatre such as dance, physical theatre, musical and he loves acting. Besides being an actor for the company, he also acted for other theatre troupes such as B-floor theatre and Anatta Theatre Troupe. Winner of IATC 2016 “Best Performance by Male Artist”.

Waywiree Ittianunkul

As a performer, she works with progressive theatre companies such as B-Floor Theatre and Democrazy Theatre. She graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Recently, she worked in a Thai-German collaboration piece, “Happy Hunting Ground” (2016) by Democrazy Theatre Studio staged in Bangkok, Germany, and Switzerland. She also performed in “Manoland” (2015) an absurd dance by B-floor Theatre and “yoo-dee” (2014) a children’s play staged in Bangkok as well as in Sendai and Tokyo in Japan.

Witwisit Hiranyawongkul

A multi-talented Thai performer; an actor, singer, songwriter and author. He rose to prominence as the lead in the Thai movie, ‘Love of Siam’. On the back of the movie’s popularity, his pop band, “August” found international fame in China and Thailand. As a solo artist, he goes by the name, ‘PCHY’, releasing albums for his legion of Thai and Chinese fans. In recent years, he has branched out into stage acting, appearing in the original play for ‘Chuichai Sanayha’ in 2013, the adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “Vieux-Carré” in 2014, and the adapted play of “Boeing Boeing” in 2015. At IATC 2016 his original musical “Cocktails” won awards in the categories of ‘Best Musical’ and ‘Best Performance by Male Artist’.

Inquiry about performance

precog Email:info@precog-jp.net
Yoko Kawasaki (in charge of Bangkok performance) +66-(0)64 316 6295
Megumi Mizuno (Tokyo Office) +81 -(0)3-6825-1223

Credit

Costumes: Kyoko Fujitani (FAIFAI)
Lighting Design: Pornpan Arayaveerasid
Sound: Masamitsu Araki
Scenography assistant and Video: Takuya Matsumi
Technical director: Kazushi Ota
Original novel translation: Sho Fukutomi
Script translation: Muthita Panich
Translation cooperation: Patarasorn Koopipat, Matana Jaturasangpairoj
Interpreter: Patarasorn Koopipat, Paiboon Patjareesakul
Publicity Design: Yasuwo Miyamura
Original drawing for publicity design: Uthis Haemamool
Executive Producer: Akane Nakamura
Production manager: Yoko Kawasaki
Producer: Tamiko Ouki
Assistant producer: Megumi Mizuno, Pornjittra Vongsrisawat
Tickets: Jaturachai Srichanwanpe, Napak Tricharoendej, Ladda Kongdac
PR cooperation: Eriko Nishitani (Relay Relay)
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

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