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Moby Dick (Japan)
ACM Theatre Mito Japan, May, 1991
Directed by Leon Ingulsrud
Adapted by Leon Ingulsrud
Set by Makiko Kume
Lights by Michitomo Shiohara
Sound by Leon Ingulsrud/ Shuichi Tomobe
Costumes by Tomoko Okamoto

This show was, in many ways, my directorial debut. I had done a couple of smaller scale productions before, but this was the first fully realized production that I staged.
The cast was comprised of a core of SCOT (Suzuki Company Of Toga) members, supported by members of the ACM company... ...joined by two international guest artists.
I adapted the text myself using several existing adaptations as reference points. I was interested in exploring a visual vocabulary that did not reference the Tenieal images that originally accompanied the text.
This allowed us to investigate the work from a standpoint that allowed for a more overt Japanese cultural influence. I was particularly interested in the charactor of the Mad Hatter (who evolved into a Charles Dobbson narrator/ guide role) as a Meiji era figure caught between the values of English and Japanese cultures, in the same way that Alice is caught between girlhood and womanhood, dependance and independance.

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