Season 40:

Announcing Theatre of Yugen’s 40th season, “Memory”

Playing Next:

A Noh Christmas Carol


December 7-30, 2018, Fridays @ 7, Saturdays @ 2 & 7, Sundays at 4


Directed by Nick Ishimaru

A Noh Christmas Carol returns!  Yugen’s beloved adaptation 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 transposed 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 interventions of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come take Sukurooji on a wondrous journey through time and memory to remind him of a life beyond business and profit.

Kyogen in English - February, 2019

Directed by Yuriko Doi and Lluis Valls

Theatre of Yugen will be presenting its signature classical Japanese comedy in English works this spring.  The event features two full plays and several shorter dancing at this entertaining and informative event. The long-standing hallmark of the company’s work, Theatre of Yugen is proud to present the only regular Kyogen in English performances in the world.

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Film Series - Princes Mononoke

Saturday February 9, 2pm

Smitten by a fiery and destructive curse after a deadly encounter with a boar-demon, the young prince Ashitaka sets off on a long and perilous voyage to the Western lands to discover why Mother Nature is in disarray. Eventually, Ashitaka will reach the Iron Town, where the ambitious Lady Eboshi who rules the land with an iron fist, battles against the Princess Mononoke, a mysterious young woman who was raised by the wolf-god, Moro. Will Ashitaka manage to rescue the once lush forests of the West and lift the curse on his arm?

Helen - March 28-April 27, 2019


Directed by Shannon R. Davis

A modern adaptation of Euripides’ classic tragic-comedy of Helen of Troy. This epic explores beauty, women, gender, societal expectations, iconography, storytelling, abduction, war, and death.

The gods have replaced Helen with a phantom and whisked the real woman away to an Egyptian hotel room to await her judgement or rescue. After seventeen years of solitude, endless routine, and one serious fly infestation, company arrives. Will their stories save her? Can the woman transcend the icon?

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Film Series - Spirited Away

Saturday May 11, 2pm

10-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

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Film Series - The Wind Rises

Saturday July 13, 2pm

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.

Yugen in Action - July, 2019

Memory, history, and recollection are the themes of this year’s Yugen in Action showcase.  Theatre of Yugen invites artists from all around the Bay Area to present their original works on two special nights that show off the myriad ways we discover yugen across performing arts disciplines.

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