Live show webcast Monday

URBANA — IJPAN, the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network, will present on Monday evening a webcast of a staged reading of "Strolling Invader," a new play being performed at the Japan Society of New York.

The performance will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. Central time in the Dance Rehearsal Krannert Studio at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U, and online atijpan.ncsa.illinois.edu.

Playwright Tomohiro Maekawa will join the post-performance question-and-answer session via a live-streamed video broadcast from Japan. IJPAN will incorporate projections superimposed over the streaming video to enhance the performance for its live audience.

"Strolling Invader" is set in a small harbor town in Japan where, one by one, residents begin to lose their understanding of once-familiar concepts such as "family," "ownership" and "freedom." These strange incidents are eventually linked to one resident, Shinji, who has been wandering around talking to his neighbors since his body and mind were taken over by an alien performing preparatory research on human beings before invading Earth.

Tomohiro Maekawa, a rising star playwright and director/founder of Ikiume Theater Company in Tokyo, is recognized for his illustrations of human emotion through sci-fi and horror stories. Aya Ogawa, a New York-based writer, director, performer, translator and founder of knife inc., will translate Maekawa's story and lead a cast of Americans in the staged reading.

The performance viewing at Krannert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit ijpan.ncsa.illinois.edu or email ijpan-webmaster@illinois.edu.

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