March 24, 2013
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Shakespeare’s chilling tragedy comes to life within a stage set that integrates stunning visual motifs of medieval Japan. Directed by Japan’s star kyogen actor Mansai Nomura, this Macbeth references the vocalization and masks of Japan’s 600-year-old noh and kyogen traditions and melds these elements organically into Shakespeare’s 17th-century Western classic. Following his highly acclaimed Shakespeare-based productions of The Kyogen of Errors (based on The Comedy of Errors) and Kuni-nusubito (based on Richard III), Mansai’s Macbeth features a brilliant cast of only five actors, including Mansai himself in the title role, and weaves the DNA of Japan’s medieval theater tradition into 21st-century universal theater. Macbeth will be performed in Japanese with English subtitles.

$30/$25 Japan Society members

This event is SOLD OUT. A waitlist will begin at the Box Office one hour before each performance.

This program is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in fiscal 2012.

Images, top to bottom: © Jun Ishikawa; © Iizuka Keita

  • Sunday, March 24, 2013
  • 5:00 pm