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After the Quake

After The Quake

Written by Haruki Murakami
Adapted by Frank Galati
Directed by Shawn LaCount
July 17 – August 15, 2009
The Plaza Theatre @ The Boston Center for the Arts

Writer Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore, is one of the most acclaimed writers of our time, winning a Yomiuri Award, Japan’s equivalent of the Pulitzer. Frank Galati, Tony Award–winning director and adaptor has fashioned an enchanting and deeply moving play out of two of Murakami’s short stories. AFTER THE QUAKE is a gentle tale of life in the wake of earth-shaking disaster. A timid man woos an old flame, enchanting her anxious daughter with whimsical bedtime stories of a six foot frog’s fight to save Tokyo. Company One invites you to experience a testament to healing and hope in an increasingly vulnerable world with what promises to be a beautiful and mesmerizing evening of theatre.

It is an elegant, economic, gently hypnotic piece of theater
- New York Times
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! A mesmerizing 100-minute theater piece...filled with plenty of humor and whimsy
- Chicago Sun-Times
An elegant and sleek meditation on the reverberations of trauma adapted for the stage from a collection of stories by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.
- Bill Marx, The Arts Fuse
...portrayed with heartbreaking innocence and grace
- Louise Kennedy, The Boston Globe
Kudos to Company One for staging an engaging work
- Bill Marx, The Arts Fuse
[a] delicate and moving production
- Louise Kennedy, The Boston Globe


Plaza Theatre
539 Tremont Street
South End, Boston, MA

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Calderwood Pavilion at the
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527 Tremont St.
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264 Huntington Ave.



  • Haruki Murakami
  • Shawn LaCount
  • Emily Hayes
    Stage Manager
  • Eliza Mulcahy
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Alycia Marucci
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Robyn Jones
    Child Acting Coach
  • Liana Thompson
  • Sean Cote
    Set Designer
  • John Forbes
    Lighting Designer
  • Arshan Gailus
    Sound Designer
  • Miranda Giurleo
    Costume Designer
  • Shaw Pong Liu
    Music Director & Composer
  • James Wylie
    Musician & Composer
  • Sarah Cohan
    Production Manager
  • Mark Abby VanDerzee
    Technical Director
  • Grace Geller
    Directing & Dramaturgy Assistant
  • Jessica Hegarty
    Production Assistant
  • Nicholas Tosches
    Assistant Technical Director
  • Paige Warren
    Assistant Costume Designer

  • Martin Lee

  • Sydney K. Penny

  • Michael Tow

  • Chen Tang

  • Giselle Ty

  • Haruki Murakami
    Haruki Murakami is a Japanese novelist and translator. An important asset to the Japanese literature of the 20th century, Haruki has received several noted awards for his fiction and non-fiction works. He was also referred to as one of the world’s greatest living novelists by The Guardian. Hear the Wind Sing, Haruki’s first novel was published in 1979 which was a part of The Trilogy of the Rat. The book received the Gunzou Shinjin Sho (Gunzo New Writer Award). His next publication also a part of The Trilogy of the Rat, Pinball, 1973 was published in 1980. In 1981, Murakami decided to make writing his ultimate profession and therefore, sold the bar he ran with his wife. The third part of the same trilogy named A Wild Sheep Chase was published in 1982. Haruki won the Noma Bungei Shinjin Sho (Noma Literary Award for New Writers) for this book in the same year. After spending some time moving to Fujisawa and then Sendagaya, Haruki published Hard boiled Wonderland and the End of the World in 1985. This book was also immensely praised and received the Junichi Tanizaki Award. Haruki then moved to Oiso and travelled to Rome and Greece before publishing Norwegian Wood (1987), an extremely popular novel among the Japanese youth and abroad. Haruki won the Yomiuri Literary Award for Wind-up Bird Chronicle in 1996. Some of his more recent novels include The Sputnik Sweetheart (1999), and Kafka on the Shore (2002). The Elephant Vanishes, A collection of Murakami’s short stories published in 1993 was also liked well by his fans. Underground (2001) is a significant non-fiction work of Haruki Murakami based on the gas attacks by religious extremists in the Tokyo subway in 1995. In January 1991, Murakami moved to New Jersey and became an Associate Researcher at Princeton University. A year later he was promoted as an Associate Professor at Princeton University. In 1993, Haruki started teaching at William Howard Taft University in Santa Ana CA. Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan on January 12, 1949. Haruki probably inherited the passion for writing from his parents who were teachers of Japanese literature. Haruki, however, was never a big fan of Japanese literature and was instead under heavy influence of Western culture. He has been criticized on being overly westernized by the Japanese on several occasions. In 1968 Haruki attended Waseda University as a Theater Arts major student. Not very studious by nature, Murakami would spend hours reading film scripts at the Theater Museum at the university. He also met his wife for the first time in Waseda University and they married in 1971. Together they opened a Jazz Bar named Peter Cat in Kokobunji, Tokyo which was later shifted to Sendagaya, Tokyo, a quite locality. Haruki Murakami is an iconic figure of postmodern literature known mostly for his unreal, humorous work focusing on the loneliness and empty mindedness of Japan’s work dominated generation. He now resides in The United States and is an enthusiastic marathon runner, a hobby he acquired at the age of 33.

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August 6, 2009

July 25, 2009
'After the Quake' Enchants by Nancy Grossman,

July 24, 2009
'AFTER THE QUAKE' ON 'CENTER STAGE' by Jared Bowen, Greater Boston WGBH

July 22, 2009
’After the Quake’ a must-see at the BCA by Jules Becker, South End News

July 22, 2009
In ‘Quake,’ the aftershocks tell all by Louise Kennedy, The Boston Globe

July 22, 2009
"After The Quake" by Larry Stark, The Theater Mirror

July 21, 2009
Company One meshes Murakami by Carolyn Clay, The Boston Phoenix

July 19, 2009
After The Quake by Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston

July 17, 2009
Seismic activity, and its aftermath by Joel Brown, The Boston Globe

July 15, 2009
地震之後 亞裔演員舞台飆戲 by Chinwen Lee, World Journal

June 30, 2009
Company One to present 'After the Quake' by Donn Saylor,