Thousand Years Waiting

Optional Music by Bruce Odland
Thousand Years Waiting is a storytelling piece with original music and movement, threading three generations of women’s memories through time and space. A woman today, in New York City, is reading a memoir written one thousand years ago by a woman in Japan; the woman writing her memoir in old Japan is reading The Tale of Genji. The history of storytelling is woven like a spider’s web, and the woman in the present steps in and out of real and fictional worlds in the past.

Margi Sharp, Sophia Skiles and Anna Wilson in <I>Thousand Years Waiting</I>. Photo by David Altman
Anna Wilson and Sophia Skiles in <I>Thousand Years Waiting</I>. Photo by David Altman
Sophia Skiles, Otome Bunraku Puppet (operated by Masaya Kiritake), Margi Sharp & Anna Wilson in <I>Thousand Years Waiting</I>.
Cast Requirements

3 women (multi-racial)

Set Description



Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays
Seagull Books


“Chiori Miyagawa crosses culture and genres to illustrate the seductive power of our selective memories—and how the old patterns can be transcended.”
Time Out New York

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“Chiori Miyagawa, whose contribution to last season’s The Antigone Project was one of that evening’s highlights, blends together two millennium-old Japanese writings with her own modern sensibility.”
—New York Sun

Production and Development History

Production: Crossing Jamaica Avenue in co-production with P.S. 122 (2006); Envision Retreat with Voice & Vision Theater