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SLEEP is an immersive theatre work based on the short story by internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami. A young Japanese housewife sufferes a terrifying dream and then suddenly stops sleeping. In a new nightmarish and beautiful sleep-deprived world, the constrictions of her prescribed role melt away, releasing a new self who takes risks, indulges in what is forbidden, devours Tolstoy and chocolate, and embraces what is unpredictable and dangerous. This seeming "escape" however, leads her to a world of lawlessness and danger that she never expected. Sleep examines how we push against the constraints of everyday life, transgress and rebel, and free fall through broken boundaries set up by society around us. 

Writer Naomi Iizuka and director/deviser Rachel Dickstein have been commissioned by Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles to create Sleep. 

Sleep was developed with PlayCo at the Japan Society and at the Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep.

Directed and Devised by Rachel Dickstein
Adapted by Naomi Iizuka
Original Score Composed by New Born Trio (Katie Down, Miguel Frasconi, Jeffrey Lependorf)
Set Design by Susan Zeeman Rogers (workshop designs by Mimi Lien)
Projections Design by Hannah Wasileski
Lighting Design by Jiyoun Chang
Sound Design by Jane Shaw, Costume Design by Ilona Somogyi

Ensemble: Akiko Aizawa, Brad Culver, Takemi Kitamura, Paula McGonagle, Jiehae Park, and Saori Tsukada.

Video excerpt shot by Casey Stein, 2016

All photos from Work in progress at Japan Society, 2016. Click on images to enlarge and scroll through gallery.
(photos: Julieta Cervantes)