Synopsis

In 1995, Haruki Murakami, one of Japan’s most highly regarded novelists, returned to his hometown of Kobe after a disastrous earthquake nearly destroyed the entire city. after the quake, the collection of short stories inspired by this event, measures the aftershocks in personal lives after a catastrophe. Ensemble member Frank Galati, whose Steppenwolf literary adaptations include the Tony Award-winning The Grapes of Wrath, directs this fantastical world premiere in the Upstairs Theatre.

Watch & Listen

  1. after the quake

    after the quake

Cast & Artists

The Artists

  • Author: Frank Galati, adapted from Haruki Murakami
  • Directed by: ensemble member Frank Galati
  • Scenic Design: James Schuette
  • Costume Design: Mara Blumenfeld
  • Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
  • Sound Design: Andre Pluess, Ben Sussman
  • Stage Manager: Malcolm Ewen
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Christine D. Freeburg
    Casting Director: Erica Daniels
    Assistant to the Director: Narciso Lobo
    Assistant Lighting Designer: Keith Parham
    Assistant Sound Designer: Rick Sims
    Scenic Artists: Scott Gerwitz (charge), Julie Ruscitti
    Child Supervisor: Lisa Primer
    Sound Operator: Gaulo Amezcua
    Light Board Operator: Tyler Packett
    Running Crew: Chad Kenward
    Stage Management Apprentice: Kathleen Petroziello
    Musical Arrangements: Andre Pluess, Jason McDermott and Jeff Wichmann

Reviews

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! A mesmerizing 100-minute theater piece...filled with plenty of humor and whimsy."
- Chicago Sun-Times

"**** (out of 4). Spellbinding!"
- Copley News

"Galati's captivating adaptation reinvents storytelling."
- Chicago Free Press

"The play has a startingly timely resonance...a beautifully understated Asian-Japanese quality."
- Singapore Business Times

"The outstanding achievement here is Galati's adaptation: it manages to retain Murakami's lyricism...while bringing it to mesmerizing life for the stage."
- Windy City Times

"Galati--who marries theater and storytelling in the form of lively, descriptive narration--expertly integrates both tales."
- Daily Herald

"after the quake is rare: a comfortable play to watch but a haunting one to remember."
- TimeOut Chicago

Program Articles

Frank Galati Is a Master of the Art of Adaptation


When he stages a piece of literature, the audience is taken on a rare journey inside of the story. So when Backstage asked Frank Galati to discuss his adaptation of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s after the quake, we knew that he’d have an intense and unique view on this particular literary master. We just needed to sit back and listen. And we were right...

Tracking Murakami


The son of a Buddhist priest and a Japanese literature teacher, Haruki Murakami’s stories are driven by the senses and by complex thematic imagery which subtly connects his stories in unexpected ways. Here’s a primer for the strange and beautiful world of Murakami

Letter from the Artistic Director on after the quake.


Artistic Director Martha Lavey converses about the relevance and themes of Frank Galati's adaptation of Haruki Murakami's works.

Found in Translation


Jay Rubin is an accomplished English translator of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles and after the quake, which has been adapted and directed for the stage by ensemble member Frank Galati, currently running in the Upstairs Theatre until February 19, 2006.

A Letter from the Executive Director on the New Upstairs Theatre


Steppenwolf Executive Director David Hawkanson speaks to the exciting renovation of the Upstairs Theatre.

Steppenwolf’s Directors Circle welcomes cast of after the quake


After their first day of rehearsal on Tuesday, September 20th, ensemble member Frank Galati and the cast of after the quake were welcomed at a private reception by members of Steppenwolf’s Directors Circle.

The Boeing Company Sponsors after the quake


The Boeing Company is once again playing a distinguished role at Steppenwolf Theatre Company as the Exclusive Corporate Production Sponsor of after the quake.

Welcome to the 30th Season at Steppenwolf


Martha Lavey, Steppenwolf's Artistic Director, reflects on the theatre's thirty years of growth and the process behind presenting a groundbreaking anniversary season.

Steppenwolf Continues to Receive Generous Support


The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation continue their generous support of Steppenwolf and its programming.

Tracking Murakami


The son of a Buddhist priest and a Japanese literature teacher, Haruki Murakami’s stories are driven by the senses and by complex thematic imagery which subtly connects his stories in unexpected ways. Here’s a primer for the strange and beautiful world of Murakami

Frank Galati Is a Master of the Art of Adaptation


When he stages a piece of literature, the audience is taken on a rare journey inside of the story. So when Backstage asked Frank Galati to discuss his adaptation of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s after the quake, we knew that he’d have an intense and unique view on this particular literary master. We just needed to sit back and listen. And we were right...

A Letter from the Executive Director on the New Upstairs Theatre


Steppenwolf Executive Director David Hawkanson speaks to the exciting renovation of the Upstairs Theatre.

Artistic Director Interviews The Adapter/Director

Martha Lavey and Frank Galati discuss the scale and scope of novelist Haruki Murakami's work.

Frank Galati Is a Master of the Art of Adaptation


When he stages a piece of literature, the audience is taken on a rare journey inside of the story. So when Backstage asked Frank Galati to discuss his adaptation of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s after the quake, we knew that he’d have an intense and unique view on this particular literary master. We just needed to sit back and listen. And we were right...

Tracking Murakami


The son of a Buddhist priest and a Japanese literature teacher, Haruki Murakami’s stories are driven by the senses and by complex thematic imagery which subtly connects his stories in unexpected ways. Here’s a primer for the strange and beautiful world of Murakami

Letter from the Artistic Director on after the quake.


Artistic Director Martha Lavey converses about the relevance and themes of Frank Galati's adaptation of Haruki Murakami's works.

Found in Translation


Jay Rubin is an accomplished English translator of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles and after the quake, which has been adapted and directed for the stage by ensemble member Frank Galati, currently running in the Upstairs Theatre until February 19, 2006.

Steppenwolf’s Directors Circle welcomes cast of after the quake


After their first day of rehearsal on Tuesday, September 20th, ensemble member Frank Galati and the cast of after the quake were welcomed at a private reception by members of Steppenwolf’s Directors Circle.

The Boeing Company Sponsors after the quake


The Boeing Company is once again playing a distinguished role at Steppenwolf Theatre Company as the Exclusive Corporate Production Sponsor of after the quake.

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