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Monday, November 27, 2017

In Context: Haruki Murakami’s Sleep

Based on the 1994 short story by the beloved Japanese author Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), this hypnotic physical theater piece by Brooklyn-based, Obie Award-winning company Ripe Time follows one woman beyond the bounds of society. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Program Notes

Sleep (PDF)


To The Mountaintop: Naomi Iizuka (American Theater)
"If we want a more equitable, inclusive and diverse theatre, I believe we need less rhetoric and more problem solving," notes Sleep's playwright.

Sleep (The New Yorker)
Peruse a selection from the 1992 work that inspired Ripe Time's theatrical project.

Ripe Time’s ‘Sleep’ Awakens at the Annenberg Center (Metro)
Murakami’s short story comes to life with an emotive, dreamlike theater performance.

Watch & Listen

Ripe Time Videos (
Watch excerpts from the Obie-winning show The World is Round (and more!) over on the company's website.

Ripe Time (SoundCloud)
Listen to audio selections from Ripe Time's recent work, including a few sections of Sleep.

Now your turn...

How did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

1 comment:

  1. Riveting. Beautifully staged and directed. The actors were superb across the board. Well done.