Written by Zhu Yi

Directed by Marios Theocharous
Produced by Mia Shen in association with Pocket Theatre, Cyprus
The New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC
A production of The Present Company
Tickets: $15- $18. For tickets visit: http://www.fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=I#IAMAMO

New York, NY – Pocket Theatre is proud to present I AM A MOON, Zhu Yi’s lyrical play partially inspired by the life of legendary Japanese porn star Ai Iijima, as part of the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC.

Everyone is a bright moon until you get closer and the craters appear. A closeted pop star, a secret fan, a body full of hickeys, a house without curtains… together weave a darkly humorous journey into the beauty of our ugly side.

Zhu Yi’s I AM A MOON explores the ways Eastern and Western cultures try to construct beauty and sexuality through shame: the shame of being over-weight, the shame of liberated sexuality, the shame of physical disability, the shame of physical scars, the shame of being a victim of sexual harassment, and the shame of aging.

The playwright was partly inspired by the life of Japanese pornographic star Ai Iijima, who passed away in 2008 due to pneumonia, and the social changes she brought to Asian society. Ms. Iijima was one of the first generation of porn movie stars in Asia when the internet didn’t exist and premarital sex was still considered taboo. Her autobiography Platonic Sex revealed her life as an adult video actress. The book’s 2000 publication shocked Japanese society, but surprisingly made Ms. Iijima accepted and respected by the mainstream as an artist and a human being, instead of simply sex object.

Download press release HERE


Special thanks to Mr. Laurent Laveder, who created the amazing poster image (please see MOON GAMES), and authorized us the usage of this image with great generosity.


  • motherhood August 2, 2013 Reply

    Very Interesting! It isn’t easy to find quality stuff.

    • moonplay August 2, 2013 Reply

      Thank you! :) Hope you could come to see the show!

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