Two Modern Noh Plays
Two Modern Noh Plays

Tell us about Two Modern Noh Plays.

Two Modern Noh Plays is a double-bill of modernized noh plays called “Sotoba Komach” and “Hanjo”. They were written by famous Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

In “Sotoba Komachi”, a poet meets Komachi, a repulsive-looking old woman, at a Tokyo park in the night. The poet realizes that she is still beautiful, and sees past her ragged clothes and wretched body, but expressing her beauty can only result in death.

In “Hanjo”, the beautiful Hanako looks for her lover, Yoshio, at a train station.

Describe your show in three words.

Poetic. Beautiful. Wise.

Why should someone come see your show?

Because they have never seen these types of shows before … trust us, we know. And because it is not just one incredibly awesome play, but two that you get for the price of one. Double the show, double the wisdom, double the fun.

If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Katana from the Outsiders, because our plays are incredibly sharp dialogue-wise like Katana’s samurai sword and our plays are both deeply rooted in Japanese philosophy, culture, and most importantly, death.

If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?

John Logan’s Red, as part of the Dramatic Work Series.

The Details

Two Modern Noh Plays
The Cultch, 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
Twitter: @MTStheatre
Instagram: @midtwentiestheatre

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