Actor Ayano Go, who is popular in dramas and movies, will now challenge theatre for the first time. His first performance, "Taiyou 2068", directed by famous theatre director Ninagawa Yukio, will be the 25th anniversary show for Bunkamura. The script is based on playwright Maekawa Tomohiro's award-winning masterpiece "Taiyou", but is newly written just for Ninagawa.
The sci-fi play is set in the near future, where "Knox", a new kind of stronger and smarter human that resulted from bio-terrorism must coexist with "Curio", the regular humans.
Ayano will play Tetsuhiko, a Curio who dreams of becoming a Knox, in his first Ninagawa play. After seeing Ningawa's "Media" 9 years ago, Ayano said, "I want to put myself completely into this. Through Ninagawa Yukio-san's performance, I want to take it all in, steal it all, and express it from my core."
On the other hand, actor Narimiya Hiroki will play Fujita, a Knox who became friends with Tetsuhiko despite their differences. This is Narimiya's first time in a Ninagawa play since "As You Like It" seven years ago in 2007. He said, "In my opinion, Ninagawa-san is the best of the best. I want to challenge this play with that mindset".
Also on the cast is former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko who has been growing as an actress. This will also be her first theatre performance and she will play Ikuta Yui, a Curio who is proud of being one. "Be nice to me or strict with me. Whatever it is, I am looking forward to it. I will place myself in Ningawa-san's hands".
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