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Born: 1979
Function: stage director playwright
Company: Gekidan, Motoya Yukiko

Motoya was born in Ishikawa Prefecture. After graduating from high school she acted in Fukusuke (The Lucky Dwarf), a production by the Otona Keikaku company, altT.4 directed by Miyazawa Akio, and in the Village Produce's 1989. In September 2000 she launched her own company Gekidan, Motoya Yukiko, a production unit without any actors under formal contract, and started directing and writing her own plays. In 2006, she staged Sonan (Distress Call), for which she became the youngest person ever to win the Tsuruya Nanboku Drama Award. She is also an acclaimed novelist, with nominations for the 135th Akutagawa Prize for her first novel, Ikiteru dake de, ai (Just Living is Love), and the 18th Mishima Prize for Funukedomo, kanashimi no ai o misero<_i> (Cowards, Show Your Sad Love!), a novel adapted from an earlier play.

©Gekidan, Motoya Yukiko
Ranbo to taiki (Vengeance Can Wait)
Hidenori and Nanase live together. They are not lovers, but they share the secret that their families were both killed twelve years ago in a road accident apparently caused by something Nanase said. The two have vowed to stay together until Hidenori decides on what form of revenge to take against her. However, just as Hidenori’s resentment appears to be thawing, he loses the fingers of both hands in an accident, and tells Nanase, “I always wanted to be an artist, and now I can’t. It’s all your fault!” and they both laugh. The play depicts the strange relationship of these two people who need to create a common weak point in order to maintain the sense of connection between them.

First staged: 2005
Acts/scenes: 1 act
Cast: 4 (2 male, 2 female)
First staged by: Gekidan, Motoya Yukiko
[Translation]English: available from the Playwrights’ Center

©Gekidan, Motoya Yukiko
Sonan (Distress Call)
Junior high school teacher Satomi is a highly manipulative woman who resorts to all kinds of tricks to maintain an image of herself as a great teacher. She digs out people’s secrets—or even makes one up if they don’t have one—in order to use them as a form of control. She claims she is like this due to a traumatic childhood, and even when doubts are raised about this claim she defiantly insists, “I’m like this because of my traumatic past. Don’t try to take away my excuse.”

First staged: 2006
Acts/scenes: 1 act, 7 scenes
Cast: 5 (1 male, 4 female)
First staged by: Gekidan, Motoya Yukiko