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Due to popular demand, Theatre of Yugen is bringing back its critically-acclaimed work, A Noh Christmas Carol!
Due to popular demand, Theatre of Yugen is bringing back its critically-acclaimed work, A Noh Christmas Carol!
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Due to popular demand, Theatre of Yugen is bringing back its critically-acclaimed work, A Noh Christmas Carol!  Originally premiering in 1993, this adaptation, written by Theatre of Yugen Founder Yuriko Doi, utilizes the traditional Japanese theatre forms of noh, kyōgen, kabuki, and the avant garde dance form butoh to retell the Dickens classic.

The story is transported to early Meiji era Japan, the parallel period to Victorian England.  Ebezo Sukurooji [Ebenezer Scrooge] receives a visit from his deceased business partner Jakube Mashima [Jacob Marley] warning him to change his miserly ways or be doomed to linger forever as a hungry ghost.  The miraculous intervention of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come take Sukurooji on a wondrous journey through life and time in a profound attempt to remind him that life exists far beyond the numbers and figures of business.

Theatre of Yugen is elated to be bringing this thoughtful, intricate, magical play back to the stage to start its 39th season, centered on community and interconnectivity.  At its core, A Christmas Carol is not just about one man remembering the joy of one day of the year, but as he proclaims, “I will hold Christmas in my heart throughout the year!”  His lesson is that we must always care for one another, always value our human connections beyond the trappings of the world.  Salvation is found by accepting one’s place in the human race; community must be embraced to escape eternally wandering the Earth as a hungry ghost.

This powerful story of redemption, with its moments of otherworldly magic and mystery, make for a perfect parallel to classical noh drama; the living and the ethereal coexist in a delicate and beautiful liminal space that so perfectly evokes yūgen, profound grace.

With fresh new designs, reimagined staging, and a powerful ensemble cast of five, A Noh Christmas Carol is a production not to be missed!

Your support is vital to bringing this project to life and making this production a success!

A Noh Christmas Carol runs December 1-24, 2017, Fridays and Saturdays at 7, Sundays at 4.

Featuring Shannon Davis as Ebezo Sukurooji, Adrian Deane as the Christmas Ghosts, Mikah Kavita as the Women, Eric Rich as the Men, and Jacob Ritts as Jakube Mashima Directed by Nick Ishimaru; Costumes by Liz Brent; Sets by Josh McDermott; Lights by Cassie Barnes; Music by Zhoushu Ziporyn; Sound by Ella Cooley

Risks and challenges

Bringing theatre to life is hard work!

We've taken every step to assemble a cast and production team that will be able to create the best show possible.

Training our actors is a very time consuming process-- We've already begun rehearsals! As is a hallmark of the Yugen method, master teachers to have come in to train our talented cast. Some truly gifted teachers have already shared their depth of knowledge with our vibrant and eager cast.

As any theatre artist can relate, training is also a very expensive process. It is critical that we provide our artists with fair compensation and are able to move the production along on-budget.

Our major source of income, our prized venue, is regularly being rented out to other performing artists, so we have carefully structured our four month rehearsal period to provide us with adequate time to polish Christmas Carol. That also means finding additional support for Theatre of Yugen through wonderful donors like you!

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    "I will honour" the cocoa in my mug...

    A coffee mug for all that holiday-time coffee, tea, hot chocolate or other beverages with Noh Xmas Carol artwork.

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    Design Presentation

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    The Sukurooji Experience

    Admit it... you like the mug... but you came for the t-shirt too. Oh, and a photo with the cast before the show. Here, hold my sleeve...

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    2x The Sukurooji Experience

    Admit it... you like the mug... but you came for the t-shirt too. Oh, and a photo with the cast before the show. Here, hold my sleeve...

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    The Cratchit Family Package

    Bring the family out for a show! Includes free beverages throughout the evening, and snacks for the kids.

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    The Ultimate Noh Xmas Carol Package

    Enjoy dinner with the cast, as well as VIP tickets, mugs, t-shirts, and any additional promotions on the day you attend.

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    The Ghost of Christmas

    Own a Noh mask used in the production!

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    Yugen for Schools

    With your generous support, bring Theatre of Yugen to your local San Francisco Bay Area school for a fun and educational kyogen performance.

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    Yugen for Corporations

    As a team building exercise, have Theatre of Yugen work with your company through a hilarious kyogen performance.

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