Evangelion Beyond, the stage play based on the Neon Genesis Evangelion series, said on Thursday that it will present an original tale set on an Earth on the verge of catastrophe after a long period of unbridled development and war.
The Evangelion units, piloted by 14-year-old youngsters and operated under the leadership of the supreme commander of the special agency Mensch, are humanity’s final hope for finding a strong new energy source. The Evas face up against Ikimono, massive underworld beasts.
Masataka Kubota, one of the play’s key actors, stated in a comment that while the environment and characters have changed, the Evangelion themes of “divinity, humanity, conflict, aggressiveness, destruction, and rebirth” have not.
The cast includes:
- Masataka Kubota as Sо̄shi Watamori
- Shizuka Ishibashi as Yū Mizuho
- Nijirō Murakami as Tan Hasumi
- Tetsushi Tanaka as Masatsugu Sugо
The show will be performed at Tokyo’s Kabukicho Tower from May 6 to May 28. The drama will be the first stage performance for the new Theater Milano-za performing arts facility in that building. The play will later be performed on June 3-4 at Nagano’s Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre and on June 10-19 at Osaka’s Morinomiya Piloti Hall. The play is being produced by the business giant Tokyu and its subsidiary Tokyu Recreation Co., Ltd. On April 28, the Evangelion Kabukicho Impact campaign, which includes the play, will commence.
The building lies on the former location of Shinjuku Milano-za, a theater that exhibited the recompilation film Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth. Footage of moviegoers was notably utilized in a climax sequence in the sequel, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion.
The stage drama is directed and choreographed by Belgian stage artist and director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Seiji Nozoe is working on the script.
On November 30, GKIDS released the film Evangelion: 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekij-ban:||) in select IMAX cinemas in the United States. The film was then released in theaters in the United States on December 6, 8, and 11. The film will be released on home video by GKIDS at a later date.
Will you be looking forward to the new stage play?