|November 18, 2015 8:00 pm||to||November 22, 2015 6:00 pm|
JYOU EN/Of Burning Desire
Now through Sunday, November 22
Theater for the New City – 155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets)
Tickets: $25 (both plays)/$20 individual play
Theater for the New City hosts the premiere of two new plays, Divinity of Hell: From Shakespeare’s Othello, adapted and directed by Tricia Mancuso Parks, and JYOU EN/Of Burning Desire, written & directed by Lee Douglass.
Inspired by the Yukio Mishima novel Thirst for Love, JYOU EN explores the complex responses of the feminine psyche amid social protocols and dictated behaviors that result in repression of Self and disconnection from one’s own emotional life.
In the 15th century, the teachings of the “Three Obediences” reigned:
“A woman has no way of independence in life: When she is young, she obeys her father; when she is married, she obeys her husband; when she is widowed, she obeys her son.”
Even though this play is the story of one woman, it is the story of multitudinous women throughout the ages, throughout all cultures. This story takes place in the early Edo period Japan, but the repression of the self-actualization of women and the impact that has on how women perceive and interact with themselves and the world is as prevalent in 2015 throughout the world as it was in earlier eras.
The play stars Yuriko Miyake, Toshinori Hamada, Satomi Shikata, Koji Nishiyama, Akiko Tokuoka, and Mari Miyamoto. Hamada also translated the script and lyrics, adapting it to Edo period language and Japanese poetic forms. Music was composed by Kento Iwasaki, with music provided by Yoko Reikano Kimura and Sumie Kaneko on shamisen and Elizabeth Brown on shakuhachi. Yuko Hamada serves as kimono consultant.
To purchase tickets, please visit unshoutthenoise.org.