This program celebrates the Mansaku Nomura Family and Japan’s Society’s long-standing relationship that began with Mansaku’s father Manzo Nomura half a century ago.
Octogenarian Living National Treasure Mansaku Nomura, together with illustrious members of the Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company, including Mansaku’s son star of stage/film/TV Mansai Nomura and masterful performer Yukio Ishida, return to Japan Society to offer a special evening of kyogen, Japan’s traditional comedic theater that satirizes and embraces human imperfection. Centering around Mansaku’s virtuosic performance of the vigorous solo piece Nasu no Yoichi, based on a serious episode from The Tale of the Heike, the program also includes the dynamic Akutaro, starring Mansai, about a troublemaker’s unexpected journey to repentance and the popular play Bonsan, which follows a foolish thief with a penchant for bonsai trees. With English titles.
A pre-performance lecture begins at 6:30 pm prior to each performance. Led by Dr. Carolyn Morley, Professor of Japanese Literature and Theater at Wellesley College. Open and free for ticket holders.
Gala Tickets: $85/$75 Japan Society members for Dec. 10th show. SOLD OUT.
Dec. 10-12 Performance-only Tickets: $55/$45 Japan Society members. A wait list will begin at 6:30 PM before the performance.
The Thursday, December 10 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception for Gala ticket holders.
Additional support is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II.
MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.
Photos: Mansaku Nomura © Shinji Masakawa; Mansai Nomura © Shinji Masakawa.
- December 12, 2015
- 7:30 pm