The Gempei War: A Cycle of Noh Plays


June 15 - June 15, 2004

A Staged Reading

Written by Kyle Gorden
Directed by Julieanne Ehre

Featuring: Jameela Aghili, Ambra Anie, Gordon Chow, Mary Ann de la Cruz, James Foster, Vincent Mahler, Soo Jin Park, Marc Rita, and Michelle Williams

Dramaturg: Kyle Gorden

Hosted by The Consulate General of Japan at Chicago.

Japan Information Center, 737 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, 7:00 pm

The Gempei War: A Cycle of Noh Plays investigates the messy aftermath of war, as told in three classic Japanese plays. Tomoe tells the story of a female samurai, unable to forgive her master’s final betrayal. In Atsumori, a war-weary samurai is changed forever after being forced to kill a young musician. And in Ataka, a great general is brought to self-degradation by his brother’s paranoia. Long overlooked in the cannon of classic theatre, these ancient but timeless texts are given new life by a vigorous adaptation for the modern stage.

Followed by a Q & A session with adaptor/translator Kyle Gorden.