A Noh Christmas Carol

December 1-24, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm
Sundays at 4:00pm


Check out the production that has audiences and critics raving!

"The costumes were out of this world...as was the movement/emotions and acting." - Karen Carlson, Marinscope Papers

Trailer by Alex Sinclair

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who backed our production on Kickstarter!!

With your help, Theatre of Yugen raised nearly $11,000!!

Back by decades of popular demand, we’re overjoyed to announce that we’re reviving A Noh Christmas Carol. First adapted by Theatre of Yugen and directed and choreographed by Yuriko Doi in 1993, This production takes Dickens’ beloved tale and transports it into late 19th century Japan. The story follows a kabuki-inspired Sukurooji Ebezo through his harrowing night of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come, utilizing kyogen, noh, kabuki, and even butoh to create a multifaceted world that reminds us that Christmas is a time for love, family, community, and wonder.  

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 it 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, or profound grace.

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

This production will be dedicated to our dear friend and fellow artist, Eric Rich. May he rest in peace.

Directed by Nick Ishimaru.

Adapted by Yuriko Doi and Cianna Stewart

A Noh Christmas Carol will run December 1-24, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm
Sundays at 4:00pm

Approx. run time 90 mins with no intermission

Late seating not permitted

A Noh Christmas Carol Special Events:

  • Photos With the Cast on stage!  Saturday December 2 and 9, 6 PM: Come early and have your photo taken with the cast of A Noh Christmas Carol on stage in costume!  Tag us on social media with #nohchristmascarol.
  • Post-Show Talkbacks!  Sunday December 3, 10, and 17: Following the show, Nick Ishimaru and selected cast will host a communal talk-back to hear your thoughts on A Noh Christmas Carol.  This is a perfect time to ask questions and share your comments on this beautiful production.
  • Designer Presentation!  Saturday, December 16, 6 PM: Costume Designer Liz Brent and Scenic Designer Josh McDermott will take us on a journey through their design process and talk about the stunning visuals of A Noh Christmas Carol.

The Cast

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Shannon Davis
Ebezo Sukurooji

Shannon is an actor, director, & educator. She has worked all over the country and even abroad in Japan. She currently works for Berkeley Repertory Theatre as a teaching artist, as well as many other institutions. MFA-Directing & Acting. Kabuki training- David Furumoto. Stanislavski Intensive- MXAT, Harvard. www.ShannonRDavis.com

Meet Shannon Davis playing Sukurooji Ebezo in A Noh Christmas Carol, 2017. Video by Alex Sinclair
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Adrian Deane

The Christmas Ghosts

Adrian can’t wait to translate Yugen’s Noh Christmas Carol into her body and to the world!  She most recently effectively pretended on Town Hall Theatre’s stage in An Ideal Husband and has danced happily with Will’s Cordelia and Alcott’s Jo March.  She amuses herself studying the physical mechanisms and the (un)conscious intentions of her betters and will continue to trip until her timely ghosts knock at her door.

Meet Adrian Deane, playing the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in A Noh Christmas Carol, 2017 Video by Alex Sinclair
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Mikah Kavita

The Women

Mikah is a Bay Area native and recently graduated from Azusa Pacific University with her BFA in Acting for the Screen and Stage. Previous credits include Pippin, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Death of Rasputin. 

Meet Mikah Kavita playing "The Women" in A Noh Christmas Carol, 2017. Video by Alex Sinclair
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Jacob Ritts

Mashima and kurogo

Jacob graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2016 with a BFA in Photography. Since moving to the East Bay he has been working as a performer and lighting designer. www.Rittsart.com

Meet Jacob Ritts, playing Mashima Jakubei and the kurogo [stage hand] in A Noh Christmas Carol, 2017 Video by Alex Sinclair

The Crew

Nick Ishimaru - Director

Ella Cooley - Production Manager, Sound Designer

Zhoushu Ziporyn - Composer

Liz Brent - Costume Designer

Josh McDermott - Scenic Designer

Cassie Barnes - Lighting Designer

Mel Ramirez - Production Stage Manager, Technical Director

Grisel Torres - Rehearsal Stage Manager

Director Nick Ishimaru discusses the process of adaptation and training, and the themes of A Noh Christmas Carol

Artistic Director Nick Ishimaru introduces our retelling of the Christmas Carol story. Video by Alex Sinclair
Director Nick Ishimaru talks traditional styles in contemporary times. Video by Alex Sinclair
Artistic Director Nick Ishimaru details the training process involved for a signature Theatre of Yugen production like A Noh Christmas Carol.
Artistic Director Nick Ishimaru discusses the relationship between the body of the performer and the performance. Video by Alex Sinclair
Director Nick Ishimaru analyses themes of community and history in A Noh Christmas Carol. Video by Alex Sinclair

In Memoriam

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Eric Rich


Eric is a recent college graduate excited for his first time on the Theater of Yugen stage! Eric graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in May of 2017. His credits there include An Officer in "Tartuffe", and Howard in "Icarus's Mother".