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preview imageafter the quake
adapted by Frank Galati from Haruki Murakami
Pi Theatre & Rumble Productions
Studio 16, 1555 W. 7th Av.
Nov. 19-Dec. 5
From $15
604-629-8849 or

Pi Theatre & Rumble Productions
after the quake

Based on “Honey Pie” and “Superfrog Saves Tokyo”
From the novel after the quake by Haruki Murakami
Adapted for the stage by Frank Galati
Directed by Craig Hall and Richard Wolfe
Previews Nov. 19, Opens Nov. 20 – Dec. 5
Studio 16
1555 W. 7th Ave (at Granville St.)


In 1995, Kobe, Japan was hit by a disastrous earthquake and the Tokyo subway was hit by deadly poison gas attacks. after the quake, based on bestselling author Haruki Murakami’s stories about life in the wake of disaster, is being co-presented by Pi Theatre and Rumble Productions for its Canadian Premiere at Studio 16 from November 20 – December 5.

Directed by Craig Hall and Richard Wolfe, after the quake takes its audience on a journey where magic and realism collide in an exploration of disrupted reality. Junpei is a timid writer who enchants Sayoko, the love of his life, by conjuring up stories to sooth the anguish of her young daughter Sala, a girl who is having nightmares of the Earthquake Man. A talking bear makes the very best honey pies and Katagiri, a bank loans officer, struggles to distinguish between what is real and what is not when a six-foot Frog asks for help to fight off the giant Worm for the future of Tokyo. Together, these stories explore the emotional aftershocks of disaster, and offer a message of hope and healing.

Haruki Murakami, born in post-war Japan in 1949, is quite possibly the most successful and influential cult author in the world today. He has written over 30 books in his native language and 10 have been translated into English; they have earned him critical acclaim in Japan and throughout the world. He is a recipient of the Franz Kafka prize and has an honourary degree from Princeton University. An important figure in postmodern literature, he is considered to be one of the finest living writers working today.

“Murakami is a genius.” ~ Chicago Tribune

“...offbeat, whimsical tale of frustrated love, seismic activity, and a heroic, man-size frog.”

“We are excited to be working on our second co-production with Rumble in presenting this thought-provoking work by Murakami,” states Richard Wolfe, Artistic Director of Pi Theatre. “This production introduces audiences to Japanese Canadian artists and provides a bridge to modern Japanese culture.”

The cast includes Manami Hara, Kevan Ohtsji, Tetsuro Shigematsu and Leina Dueck.

Lighting Designer Itai Erdal
Sound Designer Yota Kobayashi
Set Designer Yvan Morissette
Stage Manager David (DK) Kerr
Technical Director/Production Manager James Foy

Showtimes –
8pm Tuesday– Saturday,
2pm Matinee - Sunday Nov. 22 & 29 and Saturday, December 5

Ticket Information- Tickets from $15

For tickets contact:

  • VancouverTix
    604-629-VTIX (8849)
    Granville Island Stage Box Office at 1585 Johnston Street
  • The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage Box Office at 2750 Granville Street

From Nov. 19 – 22, tickets are FREE (at the door) for the first 20 Pi Theatre or Rumble Productions members.

For further information, please visit or

National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre is proud to be a community partner for this production.



after the quake is a collection of short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. It was first published in 2000 and was released in English in 2002.

The stories were written in response to Japan’s 1995 earthquake, and each is affected peripherally by that disaster. after the quake represents an effort on the part of Murakami to adopt a more purposeful exploration of the Japanese national conscience.

The stories in after the quake repeat motifs, themes and elements common in much of Murakami’s earlier work, but also present some notable stylistic changes. All six stories are old in the third person, as opposed to Murakami’s much more familiar first person narrative established in his previous work. Additionally, only one of the stories contains clear supernatural elements, which are present in the majority of Murakami’s writing. All of the stories are set in February 1995, the month between the Kobe earthquake and the Tokyo gas attacks. Translator Jay Rubin says of the collection, “the central characters in after the quake live far from the physical devastation, which they witness only on TV or in the papers, but for each of them the massive destruction unleashed by the earth itself becomes a turning point in their lives. They are forced to confront an emptiness they have borne inside them for years.”


Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. For The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, he was awarded the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe. The most recent of his many honours are the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (Ireland, 2006), the Franz Kafka Prize (Czech Republic, 2006), and the Asahi Prize (Japan, 2006). Murakami’s work has been translated into more than forty languages.

FRANK GALATI ~ Adaptation for the Stage
Frank Galati most recently directed The Visit as well as Seussical and the acclaimed production of the opera based on A View From The Bridge for the Chicago Lyric Opera. He is the director of Ragtime both on Broadway and on tour. Mr. Galati won the 1990 Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Director for his dramatization of John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath. Mr. Galati is Associate Director of the Goodman Theater in Chicago. In 1994, he directed a revival of The Glass Menagerie at the Roundabout Theatre starring Julie Harris and Calista Flockhart. He has also directed for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Chicago Opera. His adaptation of Arthur Miller's An American Clock was seen on TNT and he was nominated with Lawrence Kasdan for an Academy Award for his screenplay of Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist.