A highly visual, retro-sci-fi performance about the 1960s animation series Astro Boy and its creator Osamu Tezuka. The play combines Tezuka’s life, the history of Japanese animation, and the fictional world of Astro Boy, a crime-fighting boy robot. This high/low-tech multimedia extravaganza, featuring on-stage drawing, interactive video, and 1960s-style animation is being created for Studio 2ndStage.
2ndStage is Studio’s playground for emerging artists, offering innovative and thrillingly eclectic programming with shorter rehearsal periods and smaller budgets than our other productions, with a spirit of exuberance and experiment.
Breathtakingly imaginative, eye-delighting performance piece.
Astro Boy is quite simply the most original piece of theatre I have seen in quite some time.
No expenditure of imagination has been spared.
Osamu Tezuka is the Walt Disney of manga. Tezuka was born in 1928 in Toyonaka City in Osaka, Japan. The eldest of three, he grew up reading early manga, the Japanese comics he would come to revolutionize and popularize. In 1946, while studying to be a doctor, he published his first comic strip in the Mainichi School Children’s newspaper, entitled “Diary of Ma-Chan.” Tezuka’s career as a manga artist took off while he was still in medical school. In 1951, he joined the Tokyo Children’s Manga Association and began writing serialized short pieces for Manga Shonen.Read More