Robots perform with human actors as part of Osaka University's Japanese Robot Theater Project. The theater group is presenting its original production on a tour of North America.
A dying girl pressed a humanoid robot's hand to her face as the robot began reciting poetry.
This scene was acted out by a human actress and an android during a North American tour of the Japanese Robot Theater Project.
The robot theater based at Osaka University first came to life four years ago when a playwright teamed up with a robotics researcher at Osaka University in Japan. They created stories in which robots are personal companions and household servants. Stories like "Sayonara" and "I, Worker" became part of the double-bill stage production presented at the Japan Society in New York from Feb. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.