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The latest installment in SePT’s popular, long-running play-reading program will feature “PICTURES OF YOUR TRUE LOVE” a dramatization of “Pictures of Your True Love: An Unfinished Novel” by the German author Wolfgang Herrndorf.

Published posthumously in 2014, “Pictures of Your True Love” was the sequel to Herrndorf’s 2010 masterpiece “Tschick” (titled “Why We Took the Car” in English), the coming-of-age tale of two 14-year-old boys that rising young dramatist Yuna Koyama — who was born and brought up in Hamburg — chose for her debut staging at SePT in August last year.

In fact that acclaimed production, featuring sparkling performances from lead actors Akinobu Shinoyama and Tokio Emoto, earned Koyama a prestigious Yomiuri Drama Award for her direction as well as a Yushi Odashima Translation Award.

Now, in the wake of that success, the upcoming readings of “PICTURES OF YOUR TRUE LOVE” follow a request from scriptwriter Robert Koall, who dramatized both novels, for Koyama to present the work in Japan.

In this standalone piece, the central role is that of its titular character, a mysterious 14-year-old girl first encountered in “Tschick” living on a garbage dump after leaving home. But where does she come from? What’s her dream for the future? And has anyone ever really cared about her?

“PICTURES OF YOUR TRUE LOVE” is a moving portrayal of this charming young person’s yearnings and heart-rending sorrows that’s sure to recall for many their pains and lost dreams of youth, even as it celebrates life itself.

With the vibrant actress Kie Kitano as Isa and Akinobu Shinoyama back in the role of “a man,” these readings — with live music by famed guitarist/composer Kazuki Kunihiro — are surely set to be among the sparkling highlights of SePT’s winter schedules.

Link to the page ofTschick in 2017.

05.世田谷パブリックシアター『チック』撮影=細野晋司_AID4167_500“Tschick” in 2017 photo by Shinji Hosono

Cast & Creative

Original Novel: Wolfgang Herrndorf
Drama script: Robert Koall
Translation/Direction: Yuna Koyama
Music: Kazuki Kunihiro
Cast: Kie Kitano / Akinobu Shinoyama

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Kie Kitano             Akinobu Shinoyama

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Kazuki Kunihiro

Schedule

Audience Support

Childcare Service

A childcare service is normally available for performances staged at Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram for which advance tickets are sold.

Charge: ¥2,000 per child
Eligibility: Children aged over 6 months and up to 9 years of age
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1526 Setagaya Public Theatre
You may reserve childcare services up to noon of the day 3 days before the desired reservation time, but when the number of children registered reaches capacity, applications will closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, please consult with the theatre regarding children with special needs.
Subcontractor: Kids’ Room Tinker bell Sancha

Wheelchair Spaces

Both Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram are equipped with wheelchair spaces to allow visitors to watch performances from their wheelchairs. However, as capacity is limited, use of wheelchair spaces is by reservation only.

Charge: 10% discount on the corresponding area ticket charge (plus up to one attendant free of charge)
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1515 Theatre Ticket Centre

Wheelchair spaces may be reserved up to 19:00 on the day before the desired date, but when the number of reservations reaches capacity, applications will be closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, for wheelchair users who prefer to watch the performance from a regular seat, the theatre will smoothly guide them too and from their seat. Please contact the theatre in advance to take advantage of this service.