The Vampire Cat of Nebeshima

by  David F. Eliet

Short Play, Drama  /  8m, 1f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

A Demon Cat kills the Princess O Toyo and assumes her shape in order to suck the blood of Prince Hizen. Will Prince Hizen be able to stay awake and defend himself?

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The Vampire Cat of Nebeshima

by  David F. Eliet

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 1f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales, Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

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.

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Keywords

Betrayal, Death, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

8m, 1f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
NARRATOR
PRINCE HIZEN
PRINCESS O TOYO - his wife
RETAIER
CAT
CHIEF COUNCILOR ISAHAYA BUZEN
GUARD
CHIEF PRIEST RUITEN
DOCTOR
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

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 C ...

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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.

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