In development to premiere in Theatre of Yugen's 2013/2014 Season, this new play retells stories from eight classic Japanese Noh plays in a way that captures their essence while transposing them into modern times and interweaving them into an epic portrait of the human experience. This Lingering Life
takes place in life and in Bardo (a place in between life and death) where we meet a woman with tragic hair, feudal warriors, a mother whose son was kidnapped, a blind beggar, dead lovers, a pathetic old man in love with a teenager, a boy whose father is an arrow, and it all happens in the present time, except when it happens in an ancient era. As in the Japanese Noh plays that inspired it, This Lingering Life
looks at the human condition through the Buddhist concept of Karma. A battle is fought on a shore, a crazy woman looks for her kidnapped son at a bus station, a father and son have a falling out that results in the son's becoming blind and homeless, parents conspire to break up their daughter's relationship by drowning her lover, a poor old man falls in love with a wealthy young girl and commits suicide, and life goes on with people bumping into one another before and after death and in between. About the Playwright
Chiori Miyagawa is a NYC-based playwright and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Her plays plays have been produced off-Broadway (Vineyard Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Women's Project, Culture Project), at renowned performance houses in NYC (HERE Arts Center, Performance Space 122, Ohio Theater) and regionally. A collection of seven of her plays, Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays, is published by Seagull Books; and another collection of five plays, America Dreaming and Other Plays is published by NoPassport Press.
She is a recipient of many fellowships including a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, a Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship, and a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University. She is a member of Lark Play Development Center and a Usual Suspect of New York Theatre Workshop.
Chiori teaches playwriting at Bard College where she created an undergraduate playwriting program under the chair JoAnne Akalaitis. She was an Associate Artist at The Public Theater during Ms. Akalaitis' artistic directorship.
The Playwrights Foundation Rough Readings series presents
Chiori Miyagawa's This Lingering Life, Directed by Jublith MooreMonday, January 14, 7:30pm at Roble Hall, Stanford University
Tuesday, January 15, 7pm. NOHspace, San Francisco