Robot Actors Debut Alongside Human Stars

Robot Actors Debut Alongside Human Stars
Design

Oriza Hirata of Japan's Seinendan Theater Company, partnering with the Osaka University Robot Theater Project, stage 2 short plays in which anthropomorphic machines play major roles.

Betsy Mead
  • 20 february 2013

Residents of Toronto, Canada and the US East Coast are in for an innovative theater experience, if they are lucky enough to live in one of the spots where Japanese playwright Orizata Hirata’s robo plays will feature. The director of the Seinendan Theater Company has written two short pieces to be acted out by robots and humans together. ‘Sayonara’ details how a dying woman communicates with a robot to find depth and substance in her life, while ‘I, Worker,’ focuses on a man whose wife has died, and a ‘robot servant’ suffering from an extreme case of the blues (yes, apparently robots do have emotions.)

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