Japanese fable “The Cat Who Ran” by Naoko Kudo will be brought to life in a stage performance for the first time in America. Brandon Yagel, together with Jose Miguel Vasquez, will present the story of a cat and a fish that both found an unusual friendship. Young audiences, even those young at heart, may watch the production in Orlando, Florida on June 8 and 9. It was adapted by Toyoko Nishida and translated by Yuriko Kobayashi.
Originally written as a poem, “The Cat Who Ran” tells the story of how a predator and prey found friendship with each other. Both ended up as outcasts of the cat and fish societies as they were seen not fit for their environment. Albeit their defiance to their respective animal natures, Yagel finds the fable “thought-provoking and heart-warming.” He also considers the story challenging on how we see one another. “To some extent, we can all relate to the Cat and Fish, who feel out of place in their world,” the director concludes.
People can witness seven Central Florida actors, ages 11-15, bring “The Cat Who Ran” to life in the Black Box Theatre at Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando. It’ll be a 40-minute play, not bad to keep young audiences’ attention. It was previously performed in the United Kingdom and Australia before an Artist Development Grant from the United Arts of Central Florida played a part in making this production possible.
[via Orlando Sentinel]