All about the playwright

Born in Yokohama City in 1973, Toshiki Okada graduated from the Business Dept. of Keio University. In 1997 he established the solo unit “Chelfitsch,” creating the name from a child’s mispronunciation of the English word “selfish”. His work has received numerous honors and awards. Five Days in March, a play that juxtaposes a couple spending five days in a love hotel against the beginning of the Iraq War, won the 49th Kishida drama award in 2005. Air-Conditioner/Cooler was a finalist at the 2005 Toyota Choreography Awards, and Enjoy was presented in December 2006 at the New National Theater Tokyo.

Besides directing his own plays, he has also directed Samuel Beckett’s Cascando for the Tokyo International Arts Festival Beckett Centennial Memorial Festival, Kobo Abe’s Friends at the Setagaya Public Theater, and several workshop programs with theater students.

Besides performances in Japan, chelfitsch has toured to Brussels, Vienna, Paris, Cardiff, Salzburg, Singapore, Seattle, and other cities.

ENJOY directer Dan Rothenberg interviews Toshiki Okada, interpreted by ENJOY translator Aya Ogawa in 2009

Toshiki Okada and Japan’s “lost generation” imomus, – click opera – 2008

The Performing Arts Artist Interview in 2005

Toshiki Okada’s “FIVE DAYS IN MARCH” directed by Dan Safer (Witness Relocation) is coming at LA MAMA ETC in May, 2010

2006年新国立劇場上演 岡田利規作・演出「エンジョイ」wonderland レビュー