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Three Japanese Ghost Stories - Full Length Play, Drama

Three Japanese Ghost Stories

David F. Eliet

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Full Length Play, Drama

8m, 4f

ISBN: 9780874408416

Three one-act plays which can be performed separately or together. The one-acts included in this evening are The Vampire Cat of Nebeshima, Urashima, and The Peony Lantern.

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: Large Print
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
$45 per short play individually


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Fantasy, Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Mystery/Thriller, Fables/Folktales, Period

75 Minutes

Settings Of Play - The plays were meant to be done with minimal set pieces including a couple of platforms, cubes, screens, and a large piece of blue cloth to represent the ocean.  These can be easily rearranged for the different plays and different settings within the plays.  The few props called or should all evoke Japan.  In the original production all of the actors wore a basic black costume (shirt and pants) overwhich kimonos and other articles of Japanese costuming could be placed.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Three plays based on Japanese Ghost Stories:

The Vampire Cat of Nabeshima: A Demon Cat who kills the Princess O Toyo and assumes her shape in order to suck the blood of Prince Hizen.

Urashima: Once, long ago, a fisherman by the name of Urashima took his boat out to sea where he catches a gigantic turtle who turns out to be a beautiful immortal named Eshun.

The Ghostly Maiden (The Peony Lantern): A samurai's betrothed dies of a broken heart while waiting for her lover to return.


Three Japanese Ghost Stories premiered at The Cleveland Play House.  The original production was directed by Leslie Swackhamer and was designed by Kasumi.  The original ensemble cast was made up of members of the Ohio University/Cleveland Play House Lab Company:  Andy Cook, Lisa Levy, Elizabeth McDonald, Chris Ockler, Claire Schafer, Isaac Thomas and Paige Thompson. Urashima was originally commissioned by the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art for presentation in relation to an exhibit by the artist, Mineko Grimmer.

Characters

CASTING

8m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

This is a true ensemble piece.  The original production was done with 7 actors, 3 men and 4 women. Actors played multiple roles and women took on some part written for men.  All of the actors were in their early twenties and in some cases played the parts of older characters.

The Vampire Cat
NARRATOR
PRINCE HIZEN
PRINCESS O TOYO
RETAINER
CAT
CHIEF COUNCILOR
GUARD
CHIEF PRIEST
DOCTOR
ITO SODA

Urashima

NARRATOR
URASHIMA
TURTLE/ESHUN
OLD MAN
OTHERS

The Ghostly Maiden

NARRATOR
DOCTOR YAMAMOTO SHIO
LADY TSUYU
YONE
HAGIWARA SHINZABURO
TOMOZO
HAKUODO YUSAI
A MONK
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
David F. Eliet

David F. Eliet

David F. Eliet is a professional playwright, director, and theatre educator. He was the founding artistic director of The Perishable Theatre, director of the Cleveland Play House Lab Company and the Circle In The Square Suitcase Theatre and Acting Ensemble. He was the a co-founder of The Trinity Rep Conservatory and was the 2007 Rhode Island State Council on The Arts Playwriting Fellow. As a ... view full profile

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Casey Griffin 5/30/2015 5:35 PM
Mayleen Williams 3/11/2014 7:20 AM
As soon as I received this play I loved that it had minimal props, sets and costumes which makes it easy to produce as a high school on a budget.

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