Yukio Mishima’s “Forbidden Colors” Takes the Stage at La Mama

August 4, 2016 8:00 pmtoAugust 7, 2016 10:00 pm


Forbidden Colors, Yukio Mishima, La Mama, play, homosexuality, Kinjiki, Nobel Prize in Literature, Yasunari Kawabata, Tatenokai


Thursday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 5 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Summer Shares at La Mama – 74A E. 4th Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue), 3rd Floor

Admission: $20

Producer and director Sachiko Sunakawa presents a world premiere theatrical performance
based on Yukio Mishima’s novel Forbidden Colors, adapted by Sachiko Sunakawa and Takashi Izutsu from the English translation by Alfred H. Marks.

A novelist, playwright, and poet, Mishima is widely considered one of the most important Japanese writers of the 20th century, known for his works Confessions of a Mask and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. In 1968 he was in the running for the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded to his fellow Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. He focused on hard-edged topics such as sexuality, death, and politics, and he even established a right-wing militia group called Tatenokai, which means “shield society.” After a failed coup attempt, Mishima committed ritual suicide in 1970 at the age of 45.

Mishima explores homosexuality in the reportedly semi-autobiographical Forbidden Colors, an exquisitely disturbing novel of sexual combat and concealed passion, a work that distills beauty, longing, and loathing into an intoxicating poisoned cocktail. An aging, embittered novelist sets out to avenge himself on the women who have betrayed him. He finds the perfect instrument in Yuichi, a young man whose beauty makes him irresistible to women but who is just discovering his attraction to other men.

To purchase tickets, please visit the event’s Brown Paper Tickets page.