The actors are robots, but the emotion is human

Japan Society Robot Theater 3

As The Verge‘s official robotic theater critic, I was understandably excited to get word of the Japan Society’s presentation of Robot Theater Project this weekend in New York. A pair of one-acts, originally staged in Japan, the plays explore human / robot relations, with a particular Japanese flavor and flair. Both are written and directed by Oriza Hirata, and were made in collaboration with Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro from the robotics lab at Osaka University.

I entered the intimate auditorium at the Japan Society to find a stage already set with two stock-still women, one upright on a stool, one relaxed on a lounge chair. On the lookout for robot impostors, I pegged the one on the stool — with soft features, black hair, and her hands…

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