On Stage: The Hunting Gun

The stage adaptation of Yasushi Inoue's 1949 novel The Hunting Gun will make its U.S. premiere Off-Broadway with a run at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Playbill reported. Performances begin March 16, 2023, and run through April 15. Actor-dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov will star opposite Japanese film star Miki Nakatani (Matsuko). Adapted by Serge Lamothe, the stage version features one actor playing all three female characters in what press notes describe as "a monologue for three voices." François Girard, who previously helmed the Montreal and Japan productions, directs. 

Nakatani "continues with the work after making her stage debut in the piece's 2011 premiere at Danièle de Fontenay in Montreal," Playbill noted. She won the Kinokuniya Theatre Award for Actress of the Year and Yomiuri Theatre Award for Best Actress for her work in the play when she brought it to Japan's Parco Theatre in Tokyo later the same year, with the production taking Best Theatre Production at both. Nakatani has continued to perform the work as recently as 2016, also in Japan.

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