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Japanese Title: Kokkyo no Aru Ie
English Title: A House Divided
Author: YAGI, Shuichiro
Author's Profile: Born in Yokohama in 1928. YAGI Shoichiro made his debut in the shingeki theatre world in 1955 when the Bungakuza Company performed his play "The Three Thieves." Since then, Yagi's plays have been performed by many companies, such as the Youth Theatre, Actors Theatre, and Culture Theatre.
In 1987 YAGI's "A House Divided" won the Kinokuniya Drama Award in the Individual Category and the 42nd Arts Festival Award. He also received the prestigious Kishida Drama Prize in 1962 for "The Beggar of the Docks and his Six Sons" and "The Conveyer Belt that Never Stops," and in 1995 won the Minister of Education Award of Arts for "The Brothers Karamazov and A Trip to a Merry Widow." YAGI has also written many commercial plays, musicals, and television dramas for Toho and Shochiku.
First Performance:   October 1987. First Published: Teatro August 1987
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Acts / Scenes: 5 scenes
Cast: 9 (3 men, 6 women)


One sixth of the city of Zushi in Kanagawa Prefecture, which has the second most American military bases in Japan after Okinawa, remains covered in untouched forest.

These forests have been chosen as the future site of U.S. military barracks, and the townspeople are divided over this decision. Mr. AKAZAWA, an employee at a car manufacturer, appears to have a happy, peaceful relationship with his wife, Keiko, even after she starts joining protests against the construction of the barracks. The night their daughter Shimiko admits that she wants to marry an American and live in America, however, this family of six suddenly falls apart. Shimiko's parents are at odds over her wedding aspirations, and their argument boils over to the construction of the barracks. Mr. AKAZAWA accuses his wife of having an ulterior motive to her stance on the issue, stating "the only reason you're so caught up in all this anti-war rubbish is because I'm selling cars to the States and supporting the economy!" Meanwhile, Mr. AKAZAWA's father adds his two cents of pedantic military knowledge. "When do you think the Americans are going to leave these bases? Only when they decide to abandon the entire country, that's when. America is ready to fire its missiles at all the bases in Japan."

Impressed by what his grandfather has to say, Mr. AKAZAWA's son, Mamoru, tells everybody that the American Shimiko intends to marry is a secret agent at the Yokosuka base. Mamoru has actually had a physical relationship with Shimiko's fiance and knows things about him that even she does not know. Upon learning that both their daughter and son have been violated by the same American, Mr. and Mrs. AKAZAWA are aghast and speechless.

Later that night, when Mr. and Mrs. AKAZAWA are alone, Mr. AKAZAWA turns Mahler's symphony up to full volume and curses to her under his breath. "It's like the border is running right through the middle of our home, with our children on the American side and my parents on the Japanese side, while you and I are sitting right on the line. But the border is not even a place, and the two of us sitting on it may not even exist."
Even now the thundering crashes of Mahler's symphony echo through the house divided.
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