Burn This /Shokyaku Shobun
August 1 - August 18, 1991 at Parco Theater, Tokyo
Koji Yakusho: Pale
Anna: Eri Ishida
Shin Takuma: Burton
jiro Ezawa: Larry
Playwright: Lanford Wilson
Translation and stage by Yoji Aoi
Koji Yakusho has stopped performing in translated foreign plays since the time of "Burn
This" in 1991. He says that he feels more comfortable in speaking Japanese in a play written
by a Japanese playwright.
Koji Yakusho as Pale
The place is a Manhattan loft shared by Anna, a lithe
young dancer-choreographer, and her two gay
roommates-her collaborator, Robby, who has just been
killed in a freak boating accident, and Larry, a
world-weary, caustically funny young advertising executive.
As the play begins Anna is recovering from attending
Robby's funeral, comforted by her wealthy, well-meaning
boyfriend, Burton, a sci-fi screenwriter whose persistent
proposals of marriage Anna finds herself unable to accept.
Then, with sudden, unexpected explosiveness, Robby's
older brother, Pale, bursts on the scene. He has come to
collect his brother's belongings-but stays on to transform
the action of the play and the lives of those in it. Menacing,
profane, dangerous and yet oddly sensitive, Pale is both
terrifying and fascinating and, in the end, the one who
brings to Anna the unsettling but compelling love that,
despite her fears and doubts, she cannot turn away.