These are the eleven actors: Katsuhiro Oida, about forty years old, the senior member of

the group, a gentle and disciplined Japanese, watchful, very inquisitive, with the dedication of a monk. As an actor he has incredible dexterity. It would seem he can do anything. Often when a show might not be going too well, he'd be called upon to save the day. Yet when he first arrived in Paris he had never improvised in his life, could speak only Japanese and had not even heard of Brook.