Michiko Godai
Yokohama Rosa

April 25, 2015
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Performance past event
North American Premiere

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

Saturday, April 25 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.

Tickets to the Sunday, April 26
Yokohama Rosa performance includes day-of only admission to Japan Society’s acclaimed spring exhibition Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection.

Stories from the War
Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society presents the Society-wide series Stories from the War. Encompassing theater performances, film screenings, lectures, panels and educational opportunities for young people, programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U.S. and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens.

This program is supported by Mr. Alan M. Suhonen, Dr. John K. Gillespie, The Globus Family, Ms. Paula S. Lawrence, anonymous donors, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Stories from the War is supported by a generous grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.


Image: Yokohama Rosa © Hideo Mori.

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • 7:30 pm