Zero Cost House is a meditation on how Henry David Thoreau’s Walden changed a man’s life; on the disruptions and re-imaginings that accompany a national disaster; and on the uneasy compromises between radical idealism and contemporary living. Jeremy Gable of EDGE Philadelphia writes that “Okada’s style…translates well with Pig Iron’s talented five-person cast (which includes [Dito van Reigersberg], Mary McCool, Shavon Norris, James Sugg and Alex Torra), and director Dan Rothenberg unearths great worlds of meaning from the smallest moments.”
Toshiki Okada is one of the most unusual and polarizing voices in world theatre today; he’s been compared to Richard Maxwell and Samuel Beckett, and his ENJOY, which was named the “worst play in 2006” by Japanese critics, went on to a celebrated run in translation at 59E59 Theatres in New York in 2010. Click here to read director Dan Rothenberg’s interview with Culturebot about this new collaboration.
Various creative works over the centuries have attempted to explore the creative process, but I have never seen it done more honestly.