After suffering a terrifying dream, a young Japanese housewife suddenly stops sleeping. Launched into a nightmarish yet beautiful sleep-deprived world, she becomes a woman who tasks risks, indulges in what is forbidden, and embraces what is unpredictable and dangerous. SLEEP examines how we rebel against the boundaries set up by the world around us.
Conceived and directed by Rachel Dickstein, called a "maverick illusionist" by The New York Times, SLEEP puts women's voices center stage.
After three years making the work with the support of such esteemed partners as BAM, Center Theatre Group, Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Ground Floor, and the Play Company, we're ready to premiere the show in the most exciting, groundbreaking 6 months of our company's history.
In the next 6 months, SLEEP will have:
- a World Premiere at the Annenberg Center Live in Philadelphia, Oct. 27-28, 2017
- a NYC Premiere at BAM's 2017 Next Wave Festival, where it will run at BAM's Fisher Theatre for 4 performances, November 29- December 2, 2017
- Ripe Time's inaugural national tour launches with nationally recognized presenters. Ripe Time is proud to announce that we are now represented by Octopus Theatricals. Tour dates and stops to be announced SOON!
SLEEP is the first English-language theatre adaptation of Murakami's work to be staged in New York in over 10 years.
Murakami has only granted the permission to adapt and stage his work to a select few. In staging SLEEP, Ripe Time joins this exclusive community of international, groundbreaking companies including London's Complicite, Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theatre, and Tokyo's Ninagawa Studio. Ripe Time is thrilled to bring Murakami's world to life on stage for American audiences and beyond.
SLEEP is adapted from a short story written by internationally best-selling novelist Haruki Murakami, author of novels such as The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, and Kafka on the Shore. His immensely popular works have been translated into more than 50 languages, which makes him one of "the most widely read living authors whose work is not written in English." - The Guardian. Murakami "ushers the reader into a hallucinatory world where the real and surreal merge and overlap, where dreams and real-life nightmares are impossible to tell apart." - The New York Times
Ripe Time's SLEEP dives deep within the mysterious underbelly of Murakami's incredible writing to create boldly physical theatre about one woman's journey to rewrite the script of her prescribed life.
A dynamic, international ensemble of performers has co-created this work with us over the last 3 years:
Akiko Aizawa (SITI Company), Brad Culver (Poor Dog Group), Takemi Kitamura (Phantom Limb), Paula McGonagle (performing with Ripe Time since 2001), Jiehae Park (Peerless/ Yale Rep, Hannah and the Dread Gazebo/ OSF), Saori Tsukada (Club Diamond: Under the Radar Festival)
Our creative team:
Director/ deviser Rachel Dickstein (Ripe Time's Artistic Director), Alpert award-winning playwright Naomi Iizuka, Obie award-winning projections designer Hannah Wasileski, Elliot Norton award recipient set designer Susan Zeeman Rogers, Obie award-winning lighting designer Jiyoun Chang, Drama Desk and Bessie award recipient sound designer Jane Shaw, and Lucille Lortel nominated costume designer Ilona Somogyi.
Our live music ensemble:
NewBorn Trio is made up of Jeffrey Lependorf (certified master of the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute), Katie Down (Drama Desk nominated composer, performer, sound designer), and Miguel Frasconi (collaborated with John Zorn, John Cage) The trio have created a live soundtrack for SLEEP using a mix of glass instrumentation, Japanese flute and metal percussion.
Help Ripe Time get to its BAM Next Wave debut and embark on our inaugural national tour.
In order to bring SLEEP to BAM Next Wave and embark on our inaugural national tour, we are asking for $8,000. This money will help pay artist fees to our incredible team, and to build our set to tour. (As pictured below.)
Your support means so much to us at this exciting time. Your donations will help bring SLEEP to life for so many new audiences here in Brooklyn and across the country. From the creative team and artists at SLEEP, thank you for your support!
For more information, visit www.ripetime.org/sleep
Risks and challenges
For 17 years, our work has focused on telling the stories of women's lives, an effort which is now more important than ever. SLEEP's heroine breaks free from society's constrictions on women, and the show is created by a team of female-identifying artists. Supporting SLEEP will put women's voices center stage.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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