On a publicity tour in Japan, Carl, a Canadian author, finds himself falling in love amidst the sacred stages of Noh theatre and the seedy dance clubs in Tokyo, wired on cocaine and sake. His object of affection is the young, seductive actor, Yori, but the affair becomes complicated when Carl’s translator and Yori’s sister, Nushi, becomes entranced with him. As his tour continues, he straddles the fragmentary place between two cultures—one of individuality and directness, the other of tradition and formality—and uncovers the dualities that exist in life and love. Based on The Tale of Genji, one of the world’s oldest pieces of literature, MacIvor’s script takes us into the centre of a clandestine Japan as experienced by the visiting outsider.
Arigato, Tokyo is a commission of The Banff Centre and is one of the three plays selected by the jury of the 75th Anniversary National Playwriting Commission Competition. The playwright acknowledges the assistance of the 2009 and 2010 Banff Playwrights Colony, a partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts, The Banff Centre, and Alberta Theatre Projects.
One of those unexpectedly unique evenings of theatre that we all hope for ... a puzzle as artful as anything MacIvor has ever written."
"A very mysterious, sexy, aesthetically impeccable show."
"Utterly compelling ... an aesthetically rich and satisfyingly disquieting story about the unwavering, ubiquitous human desire to be with the wrong person."