Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales, Period
Time Period - 19th Century
Settings Of Play - The play can be done on a simple stage. It takes place in the palace of Prince Hizen. A single platform, a folding screen and some props were used in the original production. Kimonos were used over a basic black costume.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Bare Stage/Simple Set
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre
The Vampire Cat of Nabeshima tells of a Demon Cat who kills the Princess O Toyo and assumes her shape in order to suck the blood of Prince Hizen. As the Prince grows weaker, the Chief Priest warns that the Prince must be being visited at night by a demon and orders guards to keep watch over the Prince at night. While the other guards fall asleep under the spell of the Demon Cat, Ito Soda manages to keep himself awake by stabbing himself in the thigh with a knife and twisting it whenever he feels the urge to sleep. By doing so, he is able to confront and slay the Demon Cat.
Published in Three Japanese Ghost Stories.
The Vampire Cat of Nabeshima is one of the plays in Three Japanese Ghost Stories, which premiered at The Cleveland Play House. It was directed by Leslie Swackhamer.