Waters and Katigbak stated the playwrights weren’t given particular prompts, besides that their monologues ought to be “of the second.” On condition that they have been created in the course of the pandemic, isolation — and an examination of how loneliness metastasizes and manifests when household and mates all however abandon you — pervades virtually all the works.
In a round-table dialogue earlier this month, the actors stated that residing by way of the previous few years has made them intimately conversant in the sensation.
“My mom, who turned 97 in August, sits at house and watches TV all day as a result of all her mates are gone,” stated Glenn Kubota, who will seem in Iizuka’s monologue. “To see what she has to do each day simply to amuse herself is de facto eye opening. I’m getting a glimpse of what possibly I shall be going through 10, 20, years from now.”
Most of the works are additionally at the least considerably autobiographical. And some of the playwrights, who’re all youthful than 60, have created characters that resemble certainly one of their dad and mom. In some circumstances, within the strategy of performing, modifying and rehearsing, the characters have advanced as their creators have mirrored extra deeply on themselves and people near them.
The monologue by Iizuka, whose well-regarded “36 Views” opened on the Public virtually 20 years in the past, contains a Japanese man who, in peeling again the layers of his life, recounts the time a bomb fell on his home main him to wander round Tokyo and find yourself inside a sweet store.
Iizuka stated the character is strongly influenced by her father, who died in December 2020. “It’s about looking for pleasure and pleasure, but in addition working up in opposition to your personal mortality,” she stated.
She shared pictures of him with the present’s artistic workforce, who in flip supplied them to Kubota. Iizuka stated the actor has an “uncanny capability” to seize her father’s “feisty, tart-tongued humor.”