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Updated: Oct 21

Tokyo International Players would like to thank everyone for making the world-premier of JOHN HEMSTOCK BLACK a huge success, selling out each performance! Please stay tuned for information on our upcoming readings, performances, and workshops!





Tokyo International Players (TIP) is proud to announce a world-premiere concert reading of the original musical JOHN HEMSTOCK BLACK by Alexander Page, directed by Karen Pauley.


How far would you go to preserve your family's honor? To save a loved one from the cruelest of fates? Based on the true story of a single, desperate murder in the darkest depths of Georgian England, JOHN HEMSTOCK BLACK is the musical exploration of a troubled soul and the motley crew of colorful characters surrounding him. Playwright/composer Alexander Page cites classic dark comedies such as SWEENEY TODD and THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD as his chief influences; our thrilling, chilling concert reading of JOHN HEMSTOCK BLACK is sure to keep audiences right on the edge of their seats!


The cast of JOHN HEMSTOCK BLACK features TIP veteran Zack Kobayashi in the title role, alongside Paula Berwanger, Marie Buda, Jade Cartwright, Joan Chen, Julius Fuentes, Scott Hernalsteen, Tim Jeffares, Jonah Hagans, Laura Pollacco, and Georgia Ryder. Stage directions will be read by Jack Merluzzi. The production team includes lighting design by Marty Pauley, with stage management by Xander Coleman.


Performed for a limited audience at Our Space (Hatagaya Station on the Keio New Line), Friday, October 14th at 7pm; Saturday, October 15th at 1pm and 7pm; and Sunday, October 16th at 1pm and 7pm. Tickets are 2500 yen with advance reservation. No walk-ins will be admitted. Strict prevention protocols for COVID-19 will be in place, including vaccine and mask requirements for audience members. Visit https://www.tokyoplayers.org/covidguidelines for more information.



WHEN: Friday, October 14th at 7pm; Saturday, October 15th at 1pm and 7pm; and Sunday, October 16th at 1pm and 7 pm.


WHERE: Our Space, Hatagaya, Tokyo. MAP


TICKETS: ¥2500 w/advance reservation. No walk-ins will be admitted. Buy yours HERE!


Suitability suggestion:

Note that this show includes graphic references to acts of violence. It is most suitable for guests of high school age and up.


Performed for a limited audience of 20 at Our Space (Hatagaya Station on the Keio New Line)


Reserve your tickets today!