Stylishly idiosyncratic, director Toshiki Okada is known for crafting sharp and visually vibrant works of theater out of the most ordinary of interactions. In Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech, his performers wrestle with issues as seemingly banal as selecting a restaurant for dinner or the workings of an office climate control system, and as awkward as the departure of a young co-worker. But deadpan dialogue is layered with an elaborate and evocative gestural vocabulary, adding humor and depth to the proceedings. Each section of Hot Pepper is marked by a distinct musical backdrop, while Okada brilliantly builds his complex choreographic alchemy and dynamic, action-driven vision that has been celebrated at festivals worldwide.
These performances are part of RADAR L.A. an international festival of contemporary theater presented by REDCAT in collaboration with Center Theatre Group and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. For more information, visit www.radarla.org.
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