(Head of Mary: A Nagasaki Fantasia is a Roman Catholic dra...)
Head of Mary: A Nagasaki Fantasia is a Roman Catholic drama about survivors of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The play is a rhythmic allegory of the effort by Christians in Nagasaki to reconstitute their faith after the destruction of the Urakami Cathedral on August 9, 1945. It is also a comprehensive metaphor for the difficulties of rebuilding faith after the terrors of the early 20th century.
Tanaka's father would constantly make young Tanaka read Chinese literature as a primary school student.
He became interested in Western ideas and in 1923 he became a student at Tokyo University and studied French literature. As a student, he joined many small troupes in attempts to try his hand in acting. Finally, in 1927 after not much success, he joined Shingeki Kenkyusho ("New Theater Research Institute") in hopes of better understanding Westernized theater.
Chikao Tanaka joined the New Play Study Institute and received personal instructions from Kunio Kishida and Toyo-o Iwata. His maiden publication Ofukuro (Mother) (1933) was staged at the Tsukijiza Theater and established his name.
After the war, he published his works Kumo-no-Hate (End of the Clouds), Joen (Female Ape) and Kyoiku (Education) and joined the Haiyuza troupe (1951).
(Head of Mary: A Nagasaki Fantasia is a Roman Catholic dra...)1995