New Evangelion Stage Play To Follow An Original Story, Cast Revealed
The play runs from May 6-May 28 in Tokyo, June 3-4 in Nagano, June 10-19 in Osaka
Neon Genesis Evangelion has announced a new stage play titled “Evangelion Beyond” on February 2, 2023. The play will follow an original storyline with new characters.
The official website for the play describes the plot as:
The story depicts a devastated Earth and its survivors. The 14-year-old boys and girls aboard the “Evangelion” who have discovered the “trump card” for the rebirth of mankind and are pushing forward towards hope.
However, Soushi Watamori, a young man with a connection to the project, witnesses the opening of a new door to tragedy. In order to find out the truth, Soushi contacts Mizuho Yu, a woman in a special agency. An original story unfolds in a production unique to the stage.
Some of the cast for the play have been announced as well:
Masataka Kubota will play the protagonist Soushi Watamori. Kubota issued a comment too:
“The stage version will be portrayed in a new scenario with a different story and different characters. God, humanity, war, invasion, destruction, and rebirth. I hope to deliver the message that Eva portrays, directly to the audience through theater in this stirring time. I would like to complete BEYOND by taking seriously the challenge of tackling the mountainous wall of Evangelion, which is essentially untouchable.”
Other Cast Members are:
- Shizuka Ishibashi as Yu Mizuho
- Nijiro Murakami as Tan Hasumi
- Tetsushi Tanaka as Masatsugu Sugо
Evangelion Beyond stage play is directed, composed, and choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, with Seiji Nozoe penning the scripts.
The play will first be performed on May 6-28 as the opening performance of the new theatre, “THEATER MILANO-Za,” in Tokyo Kabukicho Tower. It will then run from June 3-4, 2023, at Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre in Nagano, and then at Osaka’s Morinomiya Piloti Hall from June 10-19, 2023.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a mecha anime series produced by Gainax, animated by Tatsunoko, and directed by Hideaki Anno, which premiered in 1995.
In 1997, Hideaki Anno and Gainax released the feature film The End of Evangelion, which serves as an alternate ending.
A series of four films, titled Rebuild, retelling the events of the series with different plot elements and a new ending, were released between 2007 and 2021.
Source: Comic Natalie, Mantan Web