We're almost at the end of the campaign. Just a few more days to go, and we'll be (hopefully successfully) funded. It's great to know that there are people out there willing to give of their time and their consideration to make art like this possible. As always, thank you. I'm certain the citizens of Bloomsburg PA thank you as well.
This update features Gary Mathews, who will be performing the nochi-shite role (lead actor in the second half) of Atsumori. He talks about his part in the project, and the challenges that he thinks he'll face: its a monumental task to perform wearing the full costume and mask. That someone like Gary will make it look easy is a testament to his skills.
Gary's been associated with the Noh Training Project since 2001, and is a founding member of Theatre Nohgaku. His background is in Classical Languages, but he's also well trained in ballet and studied with Ronn Guidi. He was fortunate enough to have performed in the first takigi noh presented in Bloomsburg PA (Kurozuka, 2004).
This will be Gary's first appearance in a lead role, and its clear in his interview that he views this as the opportunity of a lifetime.
Please enjoy, and perhaps share this with your friends!