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Theatre alumna to star in Japanese drama

March 10, 2014
Charlotte Kate Fox

Charlotte Kate Fox

Charlotte Kate Fox, who just graduated last year from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance with a master’s degree in fine arts, is already making a mark in the acting world.

The 28-year-old New Mexico native will star in a morning serial drama in Japan and has already performed in a number of professional theater productions, including “Venus in Fur” and “Chicago.”

She also appears in the movie “Buried Cain,” to be released in June.

The Japanese drama, called “Massan,” is part of a series that runs six months and focuses on the lives and experiences of women in Japan. For more than 50 years, the programs have proven popular with audiences, according to Japan Today, an online newspaper.

“Massan” breaks new ground with a foreign actress as the focus of the story. It is scheduled to air from September 2014 to March 2015.

The story, which takes place in the early 20th century, is about the first Japanese whiskey producer and his Scottish wife, Rita, and how they struggle with the difficulties of an international marriage and the challenges of the business.

Fox was selected for the role of the Scottish wife from more than 500 applicants from Japan and overseas.

“I’m very excited to be here,” Fox said at a news conference. “I think that we (my character and I) are the same in the fact that both of us have moved across the world for something or someone that we love.”