The Long Wharf dates are Feb. 22-March 19, 2006. Haruki Murakami is one of Japan’s most highly regarded novelists. In 1995, he returned to his hometown of Kobe after an earthquake nearly destroyed the city. A collection of short stories, "after the quake," was the result. In the wake of the devastation wreaked on the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina, the production arguably now carries more topical weight than it did when first announced by Steppenwolf in February.
The cast will include Tiffany Fujiwara, Aiko Nakasone, Andrew Pang, Keong Sim, Hanson Tse and Kayla Tucker.
Galati is best known as the director of the Tony-winning Broadway productions of The Grapes of Wrath (Tony Awards for both Best Play and Best Director of a Play) and Ragtime. Prior to those productions, however, he was a Chicago mainstay as an actor, director and adaptor, a member of both Steppenwolf and The Goodman Theatre.