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    Monty DiPietro writes:

    Good Day!  Press release attached for the upcoming Tokyo International Players production of “Honiefaith.”
    “Honiefaith” a three-act drama, the action triggered by the death of a Filipino hostess. This is the premiere of the play, which is set in Tokyo and based on real events — the first production of its kind in TIP’s 112-year history.
    I’m particularly excited that TIP is producing “Honiefaith” because I wrote it!
    “Honiefaith” runs June 5-7, opening TIP’s “Second Stage” series at a cozy space not so far from Shinjuku Station.
    Hoping you’ll help promote homegrown community theater. Contact me anytime!
    Monty DiPietro

    Special to: MEDIA RELEASE / Free Use
    “Honiefaith” Press Release
    Attention: Arts & Entertainment Editor / Listings Calendar


    Written by Monty DiPietro
    Directed by Jonah Hagans

    David Aranez as Victor Balmori
    Arlene Dinglasan as Cora Diaz
    Elena Yankova as Nadya Karsavina
    Takuya Matsumoto as Daisuke Sakamoto
    Ken Suzuki as Yutaro Mukaide

    When a Filipino hostess’ dismembered body is discovered in a Tokyo coin locker, Manila newspaper reporter Victor Balmori is dispatched to Japan. Balmori is looking for a story, he finds a nightmare.

    Written by long-time Tokyoite Monty DiPietro, “Honiefaith” is a three-act play about people pushed into extraordinary circumstances demanding difficult choices. The premiere of “Honiefaith” opens the Tokyo International Players’ new “Second Stage” series, and is being directed by TIP president Jonah Hagans.

    Jonah Hagans (director): “I’m very excited to be working directly with the author on a production, this is the first opportunity I’ve had to build a piece up from the very beginning. ‘Honiefaith’ involves so much interpersonal dynamic — the challenge for me working with the actors has been developing the connection to the character and each other, and bringing out the genuine emotion and feeling to maximize the play’s impact.”

    Monty DiPietro (playwright): “In the spring of 2008 I read a news report about the death of Honiefaith Ratilla Kamiosawa, and began imagining characters and their reactions to the tragedy. The ideas became notes and the notes became a script. I’m honored that TIP is producing ‘Honiefaith’, watching Jonah and the cast bringing the story to life has been thrilling, and a little terrifying.”

    “Honiefaith” is based on real events. Some scenes contain violence that may not be suitable for small children.

    June 5,6,7, 2009 at Our Space Theater:
    Fri. June 5 @ 7 pm
    Sat. June 6 @ 7 pm
    Sun. June 7 @ 3 pm

    The venue, Our Space, is located off the north side of Koshu Kaido street, a three-minute walk from Hatagaya Station, or a five-minute taxi from Shinjuku Station’s south exit.
    Our Space
    Toei Shopping Center 101
    Hatagaya 2-1-1 #101

    Our Space has a limited capacity, and so reservations are strongly recommended.

    Tickets cost 2,000 yen, including one drink, and are available through the Tokyo International Players website:

    Now in its 112th season, TIP is Japan’s oldest English-language community theater group.

    ***For more information, or to arrange photographs or interviews, the media contact is Andrew Martinez: 090-2643-5919;***


    One Response to “Monty DiPietro’s new play “Honiefaith”, June 5, 6, 7, Tokyo Shinjuku”

    1. Aziraphale Says:

      An incredible show. Can only imagine what a political ruckus it would have caused had it been performed at a bigger venue.

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