Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju

Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki

Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall – 10 Columbus Circle (Broadway at W. 60th Street)

Admission: $20-$100

At the turn of 18th century Japan, a clerk and a courtesan committed suicide in the forest of Tenjin. The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, a tragic play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon that is based upon these events, was banned after its 1703 premiere for more than two centuries. For this U.S. production premiere, renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto presents a bold, contemporary interpretation of the classic drama using bunraku puppet theater with music by Living National Treasure Seiji Tsurusawa and video by Tabaimo and Sugimoto. The puppets, imbued with life, captivate audiences with their lively movements rivaling the eloquence of actual human beings.

Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki. Copyright Hiroshi Sugimoto. Photo courtesy Odawara Art Foundation.

Presented in association with The Japan Foundation and Odawara Art Foundation, Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the United States throughout 2019. The production is in cooperation with National Bunraku Theatre, BUNRAKU KYOKAI, and Setagaya Arts Foundation/Setagaya Public Theatre. Corporate support is provided by Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A., Inc. Additional support is made possible in part by The Jim Henson Foundation.

The performance is part of the tenth anniversary of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. The festival features global works that focus on love and devotion.

The play runs two hours and 30 minutes, including intermission, and will be performed in Japanese with English supertitles.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Lincoln Center’s website. Please note: Saturday’s performance is SOLD OUT, but tickets may become available. Call 212-721-6500 for ticketing information.

Featured photo from Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki. Copyright Hiroshi Sugimoto. Photo courtesy Odawara Art Foundation.