A scene from Medea
(© Takuma Uchida)
A scene from Medea
(© Takuma Uchida)
Japan Society has announced programming for its Fall 2011/Spring 2012 Performing Arts season.

The season will kick off with the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) production of Medea (September 23-25), directed by Satoshi Miyagi. This reinterpretation of the Greek masterpiece is done as a play-within-a-play set in a late 19th-century traditional Japanese restaurant and reveals Euripides' tragic story through the lens of Japan's imperialist and male-dominated Meiji era.

Additional theater highlights will include The Bee, co-written by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan, and featuring Olivier award winning actress Kathryn Hunter (January 6-15); chelfitsch Theater Company's Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech, by playwright/director Toshiki Okada (January 5-14); and a reading of Yukio Shiba's Our Planet, directed by Alec Duffy (February 6).

For tickets and more information, including additional events, click here.