March and April has to be the most interesting time in Tsukuba. Out with the old, in with the new; a revolving door city with the end of the fiscal year seeing the most coming's and going's. This year will see the departure of a few people who should be recognized for their contributions to our community.
One is Jerry Jaffe, who came to the Tsukuba/Tsuchiura area about six years ago. His first few years were spent starting a family and working at a local English school. After a brief return to the US, Jerry came back to Japan to pursue his career in the arts, specifically drama. With the help of some volunteers, he founded Bingo Parallax Productions in September 1995. Bingo Parallax began to entertain Tsukuba with live theatre on a quarterly basis as well as drama work shops to teach budding talents the basics of acting. His latest production, "Words by William" was an innovative original script mixed with scenes from Shakespeare.
On behalf of the community the Alien Times would like to thank Jerry for sharing his dreams and talents with us. We would also like to wish him good luck in the future in whatever endevours he chooses to pursue.
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