God Bless Baseball at Clarice Smith, Feb 12-13

God Bless Baseball at Clarice Smith, Feb 12-13

God Bless Baseball
by Toshiki Okada

February 12 & 13, 2016 . 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, General Admission.

When baseball (Yakyū) was imported from the United States early in the last century, it almost immediately gained popularity, spreading across Japan to the point that it became the most watched and played sport in the country. A similar wave of excitement swept Korea.

A huge baseball fan, Toshiki Okada, playwright and director of the company chelfitsch, is already recognized as one of the most exciting artists of his generation. In this new work, he uses the most American of sports to reflect on the over-reaching influence the United States has on everyday life in Japan and Korea.

Like so much of his work, God Bless Baseball looks at contemporary life and asks how much has been gained and what is lost when our traditions and culture become more porous in a shrinking world.

General Public: Regular: $25, Student: $10.

Pig Iron Theatre Company presents Zero Cost House at Clarice Smith, Apr 4-5

Pig Iron Theatre Company presents Zero Cost House at Clarice Smith, Apr 4-5

By Toshiki Okada

April 4 & 5, 2014 . 8PM

Location: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Kogood Theatre. Reserved Seating.

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Senior Citizen: $30
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Students & Youth: $10

Fri, Apr 4, 2014 . 8:00PM
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 . 8:00PM


Zero Cost House was initially conceived as a meditation on how Henry David Thoreau’s Walden changed the playwright’s life. The Japanese tsunami of 2011 occurred while Toshiki Okada was writing the play, which left him reflecting even more deeply on the disruptions that come from natural disasters and the uneasy compromises between radical idealism and contemporary living.

Known for its raucous performance spirit, Pig Iron Theatre Company is the first English-language company to premiere Okada’s work and is making its Clarice Smith Center debut with Zero Cost House.

Founded in 1995 as an interdisciplinary ensemble, the company is dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization. The company calls itself a “dance-clown-theatre ensemble” whose focus moves from character to space to contact with the audience. Individual pieces have been called “soundscape and spectacle,” “cabaret-ballet” and “avant-garde shadow puppet dessert-theatre.” As one company member put it, “We have a hard time sitting still.”

This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.