One of celebrated author Haruki Murakami‘s best-selling novels will come to the theater soon. Well, it will if you live in London, Australia, Singapore, France and China. Kafka on the Shore‘s stage adaptation will be staged abroad in 2015 after it finishes its domestic run in Japan.
The novel was translated onto the stage by director Yukio Ninagawa, who is known in the industry for his Japanese-language productions of Shakespeare’s works, including Hamlet, which he has already directed six times. He adapted Kafka for the first time last May 2012 at the Sai-no-Kuni Saitama Theater, and this new production will be touring worldwide in two years time. Auditions will be held in November for the actor who will be playing the main character, Kafka. Other cast members included in the tour are Rie Miyazawa, who has previously acted in a film adaptation of Murakami’s short story Tony Takitani, and Naohito Fujiki, an actor and singer.
The book is about a 15-year-old boy named Kafka, who named himself in honor of acclaimed German writer Franz Kafka. He runs away from his home in Tokyo in his quest to find his mother and sister. The story intersects with that of Nakata, an old man who communicates with cats and works as a finder of lost felines. Famous author John Updike has called this novel an “insistently metaphysical mind-bender”. Wit its blend of magical realism, suspense, humor and sex, it would be a challenge for anyone to adapt this to any other medium. Ninagawa admitted it was hard to dramatize the novel but he is very excited to do it once again. “I’ll do my best to bring it to completion,” Ninagawa said.
[ via Yomiuri ]