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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.

The Washington Post

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.

Washington City Paper


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The Artists


Joe Brack
Drawer/EnsembleJoe Brack
Jamie Gahlon
Drawer/EnsembleJamie Gahlon
Lee Liebeskind
Dr. Elefun/EnsembleLee Liebeskind
Karen O’Connell
Astro Boy/EnsembleKaren O’Connell
Betsy Rosen
Tezuka's Wife/EnsembleBetsy Rosen
JB Tadena
Maestro/EnsembleJB Tadena
Kristin Watson
Tezuka's Mother/EnsembleKristin Watson
Clark Young
Tezuka/EnsembleClark Young

Production Team

Natsu Onoda Power
Creator/DirectorNatsu Onoda Power
Jared Mezzocchi
Projections DesignJared Mezzocchi
Andrew Griffin
Lighting DesignAndrew Griffin
Evan Rogers
Sound Design and CompositionEvan Rogers
Frank Labovitz
Costume DesignFrank Labovitz