The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle had its Asian premiere at the Singapore Arts Festival, May 2012. The month-long Arts Festival is one of the most significant arts events in Asia, and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was the centerpiece of the festival, staged at the beautiful 2200-seat Esplanade Theatre. The show generated significant local buzz and was a success with both critics and audiences.

In August 2011, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle enjoyed six sold out performances at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival. Based on the incredible exposure provided by the Edinburgh and Singapore festivals, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle expects to confirm additional touring destinations in the 2012-2013 season for US and international venues.

In January 2010, a "sneak preview" performance run was presented during The Public Theater's "Under the Radar" Festival at the Ohio Theater, NYC. The eighteen-show engagement was sold out one week prior to the first performance. Presenters included the Asia Society, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Pamela Lubell.


  • May 2004 - Mr. Earnhart travels to Japan to discuss project and secure rights to novel from Mr. Murakami

  • September 2004 – June 2005 - Mr. Earnhart writes adaptation while living in Kamakura, Japan

  • June 2005 – June 2006 - Script work, shooting of multimedia materials in Tokyo, creation of promotional dvd, auditions, and several return trips to Japan to foster relationships in Tokyo theater community

  • Summer 2006 - Mr. Earnhart attends Edward Albee playwright residency

  • Winter 2006 - Greg Pierce brought on to collaborate on a new script

  • October 2007 - 2-week technological workshop at 3-Legged Dog, NYC

  • January 2008 - 2-week workshop and presentation at 3-Legged Dog during ISPA and APAP conventions; invitation by ISPA to “Pitch Session”

  • April 2008 - 3-week workshop in Tokyo with 15 Japanese actors and translator Keiko Tsuneda with Earnhart and puppet director Tom Lee

  • August 2008 - 3-week workshop and presentations at Asia Society, NYC

  • Spring 2009 - Fund raising, generation of final script

  • Fall 2009 - Casting, final rehearsals and residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center

  • January 2010 - "Sneak Preview" production at the Ohio Theater, NYC, as part of The Public Theater's "Under The Radar" Festival

  • Fall 2010-Spring 2011 - Dramaturgy, rehearsals and design adjustments in preparation for upcoming World Premiere

  • August 2011 - Official "World Premiere" at Edinburgh International Festival

  • May 2012 - Asian Premiere at Singapore Arts Festival

  • 2012 - 2013 - Potential US and international touring engagements currently in negotiation

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This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.