New and Traditional Noh:<br> <em>Holy Mother in Nagasaki</em> & <em>Kiyotsune</em>

New and Traditional Noh:
Holy Mother in Nagasaki & Kiyotsune

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015

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SOLD OUT. A wait-list will begin one hour prior to each performance at the Box Office.

Explore Japan’s time-honored noh theater in a rare double bill that offers plays from the modern and traditional repertories. The evening features the poignant new play Holy Mother in Nagasaki, in which a pilgrim learns about the legend of a woman, surmised to have been the Virgin Mary, who appeared to console the victims of the atomic bomb. Kiyotsune, one of Zeami’s (1363?-1443?) masterpieces, is offered as a companion piece. This centuries-old noh play tells the story of  a grieving widow who meets her warrior husband in a dream to learn of his final battle. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.

Led by noh actor Kanji Shimizu; Featuring members of the Church of St. Francis Xavier Choir, New York; Presented in assistance with Tessen-kai Noh Theater Association.

At 6:30 pm each night there will be a Pre-Performance Lecture led by Dr. Tom Hare, Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Free and open to ticket holders only.

Click here to learn about the history of Christianity in Japan and more about the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki. © Nagasaki Prefecture, all rights reserved.

Tickets: $62/$52 Japan Society members

Thursday, May 14 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.

Stories from the War
Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society presents the Society-wide series Stories from the War. Encompassing theater performances, film screenings, lectures, panels and educational opportunities for young people, programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U.S. and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens.
This program is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2015 and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tessen-kai Noh Theater Association is supported by The Asahi Shimbun Foundation, Midori Matsuo, Norie Tada, and the Integration of Natural Science and Liberal Arts (INSLA) for their performances in New York City and Boston.

Special thanks to the Association of 2015 Nagasaki Week in NY Jikkoiin-kai for their fundraising efforts in the City of Nagasaki.       

Stories from the War is supported by a generous grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception
support is provided by MetLife Foundation.

Special thanks to the Nagasaki Prefectural Office and Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University for the provision of the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki brochure.

Image: Holy Mother in Nagasaki © DEITz CO., Ltd.

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