Editor’s Note 5.4

Welcome to the Fall 2015 issue of The Mercurian. The contents of this issue represent the results of a number of ongoing relationships and collaborations related to theatrical translation that I have engaged in over the past few years.

Proud Son

By Shu Matsui
Translated by Kyoko Yosida and Andy Bragen

Proud Son is about a young man who has chosen to isolate himself from the world, a familiar phenomenon in contemporary Japan known as hikikomori.

Blood Match

By Oliver Mayer
Adaptation of Federico García Lorcas Bodas de sangre

The Groom is unknowingly doing the dirty work yet again for the conglomerate, thinking that he is satisfying his blood lust and honor when he is actually doing business for the cartel.

Pork Kidneys to Soothe Despair

By Alejandro Ricaño
Translated by Daniel Jáquez

Ricaño belongs to the generation of writers – not only in Mexico but in all of Latin America – considered to be the cohort that brought the word back to the center of the drama on the stage. These are theatre makers who write, direct and act in their own creations.