Full Length Play
Fantasy, Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Mystery/Thriller, Fables/Folktales, Period
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
Competition or audition material
Bare Stage/Simple Set
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences
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.