Continuing with its 2014-15 Performing Arts Series and Stories from the War series that marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society is pleased to offer two theater presentations from Japan.
The first is Michiko Godai’s powerful one-woman play Yokohama Rosa (April 25-26) which portrays the life of one woman tossed and turned by war and offers a unique look into post-war history. The second is a Noh Theater performance (May 14-16) offering works from the new and traditional repertoire.
1. Michiko Godai, Yokohama Rosa
Travel through time with legendary actress Michiko Godai in Yokohama Rosa, an intimate portrait of a woman whose life was forever changed by WWII. In this original one-woman tragicomedy inspired by a mysterious old woman frequently sighted on the streets of Yokohama and known by locals as “Merii-san,” Godai transforms on stage from a vulnerable young woman to a confident streetwalker, a love-sick middle-aged woman and finally, a frail but compassionate homeless lady. Performed annually in Yokohama on the anniversary of the end of WWII in Japan, Godai’s captivating piece reveals the war’s deep and lasting consequences on the most personal level. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.
Tickets: $35/$28 Japan Society members
Times: Saturday, April 25, 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 26, 2:30 PM
2. New and Traditional Noh: Holy Mother in Nagasaki & Kiyotsune
Explore Japan’s time-honored noh theater in a rare double bill that offers plays from the modern and traditional repertories. The evening features the poignant new play Holy Mother in Nagasaki, in which a pilgrim learns about the legend of a woman, surmised to have been the Virgin Mary, who appeared to console the victims of the atomic bomb. Kiyotsune, one of Zeami’s (1363?-1443?) masterpieces, is offered as a companion piece. This centuries-old noh play tells the story of a grieving widow who meets her warrior husband in a dream to learn of his final battle. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.
Led by noh actor Kanji Shimizu; Featuring members of the Church of St. Francis Xavier Choir, New York; Presented in assistance with Tessen-kai Noh Theater Association.
At 6:30 pm each night there will be a Pre-Performance Lecture led by Dr. Tom Hare, Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Free and open to ticket holders only.
Tickets: $62/$52 Japan Society members
Times: Thursday, May 14, 7:30 PM
Friday, May 15, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 16, 7:30 PM