FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 6, 2018
 

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Theatre of Yugen

and

Five on a Match

Present

SEEN / BY EVERYONE

at Theatre of Yugen in San Francisco

 

West Coast Premiere

Performances October 5 - October 21,

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7pm, and Sundays at 4pm

$15 – Student with ID, $35 – General Admission,

$45 – VIP – complimentary drinks all night and special seating  

Theatreofyugen.org

 "Breathtaking ... A surprise" —NEW YORK TIMES

"Powerful ... Compelling" —TALKIN' BROADWAY

"Fascinating ... Intriguing" —NEW YORK THEATRE REVIEW

"Effective ... Fun" —THE REVIEWS HUB

"Thought provoking" —OFF OFF LINE


 Adrian Deane as Maggie and Enormvs Munoz as Bartender. Photo by Shannon Davis.  Download high-res here

Adrian Deane as Maggie and Enormvs Munoz as Bartender. Photo by Shannon Davis. Download high-res here

San Francisco, CA – Theatre of Yugen and Five on a Match proudly present SEEN / BY EVERYONE - conceived by Amir Darvish and Meg MacCary, and co-written by Matthew Cohn, Amir Darvish, Meg MacCary, Enormvs Muñoz and Jen Taher. Directed by Theatre of Yugen’s Artistic Director, Nick Ishimaru.  

SEEN / BY EVERYONE is an exploration of death and grieving in the age of social media. Not long ago, when a person died they disappeared, living on only in private photographs and letters, or a death-notice on microfiche. Now, their presence remains: their photos and comments and questions, their trivialities and heartfelt expressions linger on. We can still visit their pages or feeds and “talk” to them, in full view of everyone else. What does it mean to live, die, grieve, and keep living in the era of over-sharing? When the dead don’t just “go away” the way they used to?

SEEN / BY EVERYONE consists entirely of found text culled from social media. Over several years, thousands of comments and posts pulled from a variety of social media platforms were collaged together. Placed next to each other, these fragments formed conversations, and through this process, distinct voices emerged. The five members of Five on a Match created a play from these voices, all mourning in their own ways, set in a bar on the banks of the Acheron river—the Greek “river of woe”.

SEEN / BY EVERYONE uses found text to illuminate the intimacy of people’s online revelations and tells a story of how we are now returning to an era of public mourning. The play explores how social media has turned all users into chroniclers of their own lives and the lives of others. It also highlights the humor found when there is no barrier between the heartfelt and the profound and the banal and the crass.

In this production of SEEN / BY EVERYONE, Theatre of Yugen will incorporate elements of Noh theater. 

Noh, developed in medieval Japan from Buddhist services, deals almost exclusively with the lingering ghosts of the dead. Over the centuries, the form was refined and codified, introducing conventionalized movement, music, and voice that carries multifaceted symbolism into meditative performance. This is the quality captured in this production of SEEN / BY EVERYONE: a meditation on ghosts of the digital era. Theatre of Yugen is one of the only companies that works in Noh outside of Japan.

Presenting SEEN / BY EVERYONE in San Francisco gives the people who are actively involved in shaping social media platforms a chance to hear the words of the people who use these platforms as a de-facto town square, a place to find connection in an increasingly transient society and raise their awareness of how their products impact society at large.

The San Francisco audience is uniquely situated to shape the next modes of social media. As the home of Silicon Valley and meeting place of hundreds of unique cultures, the Bay Area is the perfect place to continue refining this story of how we die, grieve and keep on living in the era of the over share. This production also explores how social media gives a platform for members of underrepresented communities to engage in a nation-wide dialogue. To engage them, Theatre of Yugen will continue to offer pay-what-you-can nights and reach out to community organizations to offer free or discounted tickets.

 

 Enormvs Munoz as the mystic Bartender. Photo by Shannon Davis.  Download high-res here.

Enormvs Munoz as the mystic Bartender. Photo by Shannon Davis. Download high-res here.

ABOUT Theatre of Yugen:

Theatre of Yugen, founded in 1978 by Yuriko Doi is dedicated to the preservation of traditional Japanese theatre forms of Kyogen and Noh, as well as continuing to innovate and intertwine tradition with new forms and approaches, contributing to the conversation around modern theatre.

ABOUT Five on a Match:

Five on a Match is a diverse group of artists who create and produce original theater and film that tell the stories of the human connections we make in the strange world in which we live. Five on a Match is Matthew Cohn, Amir Darvish, Meg MacCary, Enormvs Muñoz, and Jen Taher. www.fiveonamatch.com

 

 

Cast:

Annika Bergman, Alan Coyne, Adrian Deane, Enormvs Muñoz, Paul Rodriguez, Stephanie Whigham and J.J. Van Name.

 

 Adriane Deane as Maggie. Photo by Shannon Davis.  Download high-res image

Adriane Deane as Maggie. Photo by Shannon Davis. Download high-res image

Production:

Directed by: Nick Ishimaru

Stage Manager: McKenna Moses

 

Costume design: Liz Brent

Scenic design: Josh McDermott

Light design: Brittany Mellerson

Sound design: Ella Cooley

 

About the Artists

Five on a Match:

Matthew Cohn’s (Writer/Producer) is a New York-based artist. New York: Don Juan Comes Back From The War (Lenfest Center for the Arts); Seen/By Everyone (playwright/performer with Five on a Match, at HERE Arts Center); Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Place Players); The Country Wife (Odyssey Productions); Babette's Feast (The Connelly Theater). Regional: Oslo, A Doll’s House, and The Importance of Being Earnest (Northern Stage); Measure for Measure (Elm Shakespeare); Rhinoceros (Mighty Theater). He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Vox Theater. www.matthewcohn.com

Amir Darvish’s (Writer/Producer) New York Theatre: Seen/By Everyone, This Lingering Life, I Came To Look For You On Tuesday, The (*) Inn, Taxi To Janna, and the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway one-man show: Mercury. 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award recipient for Outstanding Featured Actor in Psych and a 2009 NY MITF Best Actor Nominee for Higher Education. Film & TV: “Madam Secretary”, “Shades of Blue”, “Person of Interest”, “Bar Karma”, “Running Wilde”,  “Love Magical” and “Month to Month”. www.AmirDarvish.com

Meg MacCary (Writer/Producer) played Queen Isabella in the popular web series The Adventures of Jamel: The Time Traveling B-Boy. Her New York credits include City Girls and Desperadoes with Austin Pendleton (Theater for the New City), This Lingering Life (HERE), Dinner With Friends directed by Pam MacKinnon (Roundabout), I Came To See You On Tuesday (La MaMa), The (*) Inn (Abrons Art Center), The Tempest (Target Margin), Seen / By Everyone (playwright/performer with Five on a Match, at HERE.) She’s performed regionally at the Guthrie and La Jolla Playhouse. She won an Obie Award for her performance in Rinne Groff’s What Then. She plays Blair in Yaara Sumerak's short film American Daddy. Meg co-founded Clubbed Thumb and served as co-artistic director for 13 years. Next up: The Peanut Butter Show with Little Lord. www.megmaccary.com

Enormvs Muñoz’s (Writer/Producer/Actor: Bartender) credits include This Lingering Life (Theatre of Yugen & Cake), Sidewinders (Cuttingball), The Oskar Trilogy (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), A Language Of Their Own (Kumu Kahua) and Dogs Body (Theatre of Yugen w/Dah Teatar). He has been performing with Theatre of Yugen snce 2005, is a founding member of Five on a Match, clowns with Fou York, and is a burlesque performer. www.enormvs.com

Jen Taher’s (Writer/Producer) credits include Immersion at NYTW (Emerging director fellow showing), Yvette and the Wild Shame (Signature), Asking for Trouble (EST), Flying Snakes in 3D and Dead People (both at Ice Factory), 9 to 5 - a drag queen version at the Castro Theater, San Francisco, National and International Tour of Chuck Mee's Bobrauschenbergamerica with SitiCo, and La Femme est Morte at PS122 & Edinburgh Fringe (Best Acting Ensemble Award).

 

Nick Ishimaru (Director) was trained originally as a musical theatre performer and started exploring Japanese theatre while studying at Colorado State University (BA, 2005), where he directed a kabuki adaptation of Macbeth. He went on to study at San Francisco State University, (MA, 2009). His work explores a combination of Western and traditional Asian performance techniques for original creations, along with work in conventional musical theatre and Shakespeare.,His directing work at Theatre of Yugen includes The Red Demon by Noda Hideki, A Noh Christmas Carol, and the Fermentation Laboratory.  Previous directing work includes It Ain’t Me by Claire Rice (original), Land of Infants by Meghan O’Patry (original), and Kaguya (original adaptation).  Other recent production work includes A Minor Cycle by Greg Giovanni (original; actor and fight choreographer), This Lingering Life by Chiori Miyagawa (original; actor), and several traditional kyogen plays with the Theatre of Yugen (actor).

Liz Brent -- Costume Designer: Liz Brent is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. She specializes in costume design, construction, and wardrobe organization with a decade of experience and a background as a performer.  She is a Colorado native who graduated from CU Boulder and lived in Japan before moving to San Francisco. Her favorite shows include otherworldly elements of the fantastic and mythical. More of Liz’s work can be seen at http://www.lizb.work/

Joshua McDermott -- Scenic Designer: Joshua McDermott was graduated from the University of Hawai'i with a M.A. in Asian Theatre, specializing in the Japanese avant-garde.  He has been working and designing in the bay area since 2005 and is employed as the Technical Director for the performing arts and social justice program at the University of San Francisco, where he is the coordinator of the Tech and Design Certificate.  

Ella Cooley -- Sound Designer: Ella Cooley is a local theatre-and-music maker and educator. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz (‘13) with a B.A in Theatre Arts and moved to San Francisco shortly thereafter to focus on making music; sound design is a fulfilling way for her to experience both of these worlds at the same time. Ella spends her daytime hours working at Theatre of Yugen as Office Manager and teaching music and theatre to little ones. She recently received a TBA Award for her work on The Winter’s Tale (Ragged Wing Ensemble).

 Adrian Deane as Maggie and Enormvs Munoz as Bartender. Photo by Shannon Davis.  Download high-res here .

Adrian Deane as Maggie and Enormvs Munoz as Bartender. Photo by Shannon Davis. Download high-res here.

 Adrian Deane as Maggie and Enormvs Munoz as Bartender. Photo by Shannon Davis.  Download high-res here .

Adrian Deane as Maggie and Enormvs Munoz as Bartender. Photo by Shannon Davis. Download high-res here.

 

PRESS CONTACT

Karin Conn PR

(415) 507-9797

karinconn4@gmail.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 2018

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THEATRE OF YUGEN Presents

POWER PLAYS

May 4-13, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 4 pm

Theatre of Yugen – San Francisco

Run time is approximately 2 hours, with one intermission and one brief interlude.

 Left to Right: Nick Ishimaru (Taro-kaja), Sara Matsui-Colby (Mosquito), and Ryan Marchand (Samurai Lord) get ready to wrestle in "Wrestling With a Mosquito" Photo by Alex Sinclair

Left to Right: Nick Ishimaru (Taro-kaja), Sara Matsui-Colby (Mosquito), and Ryan Marchand (Samurai Lord) get ready to wrestle in "Wrestling With a Mosquito" Photo by Alex Sinclair

 

Four satirical plays In celebration of May Mayhem:

A Religious Dispute and Wrestling With a Mosquito directed by Yuriko Doi

and

Those Mushrooms and All Wrecked Up directed by Nick Ishimaru

 

 

 

 

Featuring:

Virginia Blanco, A Fenner, Nick Ishimaru, Meryn MacDougall, Ryan Marchand, Sara Matsui-Colby, Chris Petallano, and Lluís Valls.

 

May Mayhem returns this year with Power Plays.  Theatre of Yugen is deeply indebted to the history of civil rights, community, and social justice that the current President and his administration are so flagrantly disregarding.  So they’re fighting back with their favorite weapon: satire. The history of kyōgen is that of satirizing those in power, revealing them to be no better (or sometimes even worse!) than the common man.  Theatre of Yugen is excited to present two classic kyōgen plays, A Religious Dispute and Wrestling With a Mosquito, and premiere two contemporary kyōgen adaptations, Those Mushrooms and All Wrecked Up.

The traditional play A Religious Dispute features two traveling priests, both on their way home to the capital from sacred pilgrimages. When they meet on the road, they decide to travel home together. But not all is as it seems! They soon discover that they are from rivaling Buddhist sects and end up engaged in a convoluted philosophical debate, each trying to prove their theology more profound and appealing than the other.

 Sara Matsui-Colby (Mosquito) prepares to toss Ryan Marchand (Samurai Lord) in "Wrestling With a Mosquito." Photo by Alex Sinclair

Sara Matsui-Colby (Mosquito) prepares to toss Ryan Marchand (Samurai Lord) in "Wrestling With a Mosquito." Photo by Alex Sinclair

The other traditional offering, Wrestling With a Mosquito, finds a samurai lord in want of new servants for his retenue.  His loyal retainer goes and brings back the spirit of a man-sized mosquito by mistake!  The samurai lord, eager to demonstrate his grandeur, unwittingly challenges the blood-thirsty mosquito to a wrestling match.  Who will win in this struggle of two ridiculous titans?

Those Mushrooms, adapted by the cast, presents a story of unity and resistance in the face of a bafoonish leader.  A down-on-his-luck small town American goes to the White House to ask the President how he will live up to his campaign promises.  The President tells him that the root of his problem is really those strange and unusual “mushrooms” that no one seems to be able to get rid of, and promises to do something about it.

Playing on the modern app-based “sharing economy” and delusions of Reefer Madness is All Wrecked Up, adapted by Sheila Berotti and the cast.  When a party hostess needs to hold the party of all parties, she turns to her favorite delivery boy. She offers him under-the-table “green” compensation for his off-the-record job, the two quickly find that just because you have money, doesn’t mean you have a clue.

 

ABOUT Theatre of Yugen

Theatre of Yugen, founded in 1978 by Yuriko Doi is dedicated to the preservation of traditional Japanese theatre forms of Kyogen and Noh, as well as continuing to innovate and intertwine tradition with new forms and approaches, contributing to the conversation around modern theatre.  

 

 Sara Matsui-Colby (Mosquito) and Ryan Marchand (Samurai Lord) face off! Photo by Alex Sinclair.

Sara Matsui-Colby (Mosquito) and Ryan Marchand (Samurai Lord) face off! Photo by Alex Sinclair.

TICKETS:

$20 student, $30 under 30, $40 General Admission, $50 VIP with free drinks all night!

Discounts for students with valid ID. Contact the Box Office for more details.

(415) 621-0507 | boxoffice@theatreofyugen.org


 

PRESS CONTACT

Karin Conn PR

(415) 507-9797

karinconn4@gmail.com

 Nick Ishimaru (Taro-kaja) and Ryan Marchand (Samurai Lord) share a laugh. Photo by Alex Sinclair.

Nick Ishimaru (Taro-kaja) and Ryan Marchand (Samurai Lord) share a laugh. Photo by Alex Sinclair.

 Sara Matsui-Colby (Mosquito) gives Ryan Marchand (Samurai Lord) the heave-ho! Photo by Alex Sinclair.

Sara Matsui-Colby (Mosquito) gives Ryan Marchand (Samurai Lord) the heave-ho! Photo by Alex Sinclair.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Fermentation Symposium

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Saturday December 30, 5 PM and Sunday December 31, 2 PM

$20 Student, $40 General Admission, $50 VIP (includes free drinks all night)

Tickets at www.theatreofyugen.org

 

Theatre of Yugen

2840 Mariposa St

San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 621-0507

 Mariko Grady (left) explains how koji is developed. Shinichi Iova-Koga (right) looks on. Photo by Kyoko Yoshida.  Click to download

Mariko Grady (left) explains how koji is developed. Shinichi Iova-Koga (right) looks on. Photo by Kyoko Yoshida. Click to download

 Chef Mariko Grady (center) leading a miso making workshop with the Fermentation team at Theatre of Yugen. From right to left - Front row: Shinichi Iova-Koga. Back row: Shannon Kurashige, Megan Kurashige, Kyoko Yoshida, Sachiko Willis, Nick Ishimaru, Dana Iova-Koga. Photo by Miwa Kaneko.  Click here to download

Chef Mariko Grady (center) leading a miso making workshop with the Fermentation team at Theatre of Yugen. From right to left - Front row: Shinichi Iova-Koga. Back row: Shannon Kurashige, Megan Kurashige, Kyoko Yoshida, Sachiko Willis, Nick Ishimaru, Dana Iova-Koga. Photo by Miwa Kaneko. Click here to download

 Chef Eri Shimizu displays tofu dengaku and tamagoyaki. Photo by Megumi Konishi.  Click to download

Chef Eri Shimizu displays tofu dengaku and tamagoyaki. Photo by Megumi Konishi. Click to download

 

THE SHOW:

The Fermentation Symposium is the culmination of the year-long NEA supported “The Fermentation Laboratory,” an exploratory process that seeks to combine the aesthetics of food with the aesthetics of live performance.  

Capitalizing on the opportunity to collaborate with top artistic, culinary, and scientific talents, we have developed a multi-sensual performance combining food and performing arts that brings to mind the aesthetic quality of yugen – an indescribable beauty that is perceived with our deepest senses.

We asked our artistic partners to find something about a dish for the evening that inspired them and create a performance that brings that inspiration to life.  In turn, disparate forms of performance have been brought together and served alongside the dishes that inspired them, creating a truly total theatrical experience using all five senses.  

The result is a unique performance collaboration between Theatre of Yugen Artistic Director Nick Ishimaru, U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network’s Kyoko Yoshida, AEDAN Fermented Foods chefs Mariko Grady and Eri Shimizu, Dr. Carol A. Ishimaru, Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota St. Paul and an expert in microbial education and teaching science through performance, Bay Area-based contemporary dance artists Megan and Shannon Kurashige of Sharp & Fine dance company, and Shinichi Iova-Koga of inkBoat dance company.

The project is inspired by the many ways fermentation influences Japanese cuisine - sake, soy sauce, miso - and the mysterious ways the uniquely Japanese organism Koji is key to fermentation and to biological processes.

With these distinguished talents from different disciplines, Theatre of Yugen will develop a new theatrical event where theater and food intertwine to evoke a deep inner fulfillment. The 2017 Fermentation Lab research and development have been taking place throughout the year for the chefs and artists to inspire each other and develop ideas.  The outcome will be shared with the public as a “Fermentation Symposium” on December 30th and 31st at NOHSpace.  We have devised material for an immersive dining experience that uses the intersections of food and taste with theatre, text, music and dance as the foundations for crafting a new kind of live performance and culinary event.

Mariko Grady (founder/chef) and Eri Shimizu (chef/culinary event manager) of AEDAN, renowned specialists of fermentation food in the Bay Area will lead the culinary direction of the 2017 Fermentation Lab and the public presentation event titled “Fermentation Lab Symposium”.

The company has also invited Dr. Carol Ishimaru to San Francisco to share her knowledge as an expert in plant biology and her experience bridging the divide between science and communication.

In September, we had a smaller work-in-progress showing of the Lab, titled “Fermentation: A Tasting & Performance” as part of the development process for the “Symposium” event.   Megan and Shannon Kurashige with three additional members of their dance company, Sharp & Fine, collaborated for the first time with local koto master Shoko Hikage, while Eri Shimizu served sample portion of delicacies using fermented food products.  The tasting event was extremely informative for the culmination event which will be joined by Shinichi Iova-Koga, renowned Bay Area performance artist, Nick Ishimaru of Theatre of Yugen, and by Mariko Grady as MC.

 

THE MENU:

1. Tofu Datemaki (One of the traditional Japanese New Year food, made with egg and fish, but I arrange the recipe using Amazake and Shiokoji Tofu.)

 

2. Kabura-sushi (Turnip and salmon Koji pickles. Traditional winter food in Ishikawa Prefecture, Middle Northern Part of Japan, using Koji and big turnip and ferment for days. The red and white color mean celebration)

 

3. Shiokoji-chicken with root vegetables. (Another staple of New Year Dish in Japan, called "Yahata-maki, or Yawata-maki". Burdock and carrots rolled in fish and meat. Burdock represent long and healthy life and prosperity.)

 

4. Miso Dengaku (tofu or simmered daikon with miso sauce. Dengaku is name of a dish but also the name of dance which used to perform at rice planting time wishing good crops)

 

5. Zouni (Mochi soup. There are various kind of Zouni in Japan depend on region. For Fermentation Lab, I'm planning to make Kyoto Style Zouni with Aedan's Kyoto Sweet Miso. It has a kind of milky, rich, sweet flavor.)

 

6. Kuromame (black beans) and Amazake Dessert (Sweet Black beans is one of the three inevitable dish for Japanese New Year. I'm thinking to make 2 layer dessert with Kuromame and Amazake, black and white.)

 

THE PEOPLE:

NICK ISHIMARU (Director/Performer) was trained originally as a musical theatre performer and started exploring Japanese theatre while studying at Colorado State University (BA, 2005), where he directed a kabuki adaptation of Macbeth. He went on to study at San Francisco State University, (MA, 2009). His work explores a combination of Western and traditional Asian performance techniques for original creations, along with work in conventional musical theatre and Shakespeare.  Ishimaru has trained in noh and kyōgen with Theatre of Yugen for over seven years, has studied kabuki and jingju (Beijing Opera), and nihon buyo (traditional Japanese dance) at the University of Hawaii.  He has presented his work at the Association for Asian Performance international conference, and taught master classes on noh and kyōgen at both the high school and collegiate level.  

 

CAROL A. ISHIMARU (Science Consultant/Performer) received her B.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is now a Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. She has been the Chair of the Department, President of the American Phytopathological Society, received an Emmy Award for her documentary work on the wheat rust pathogen, and has been awarded the title of Fellow of APS, the highest honor in her field in the nation.  Her plenary session “Communicating Science” at the APS Annual Meeting in 2013 demonstrated how simply describing plant pathology through performance can have a profound impact on understanding science in the public realm.

 

KYOKO YOSHIDA (Co-Director/Production Manager), director and founder of U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network (CTN), has served the performing arts field for over 30 years as a presenter, producer and consultant, with a focus on artistic and cultural exchange between the U.S. and Japan.  Since 2011, she has been working with National Performance Network and Visual Artists Network as a staff consultant for its Japan program. Based in San Francisco since 2007, she also designs and manages selected programs with Theatre of Yugen.

 

MARIKO GRADY (Performer) performed as a lead actress and voice artist of Pappa TARAHUMARA, a performance company based in Tokyo, for 30 years. She moved to San Francisco in 2000. Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Mariko started to sell her home-made fermented foods to raise funds for the victims. Mariko joined the incubator kitchen program at La Cocina in May 2012 and founded AEDAN Fermented Foods. She frequently conducts various educational workshops about her products.

 

ERI SHIMIZU (Chef) is Event & Catering Manager at AEDAN Fermented Foods. She also works with Delica at Ferry Building Market Place and Bon nene in Mission, developing their menu. Eri graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2016. She is a certified International Health Food Master in Traditional Chinese Medicinal Cuisine, a holistic cooking theory based on the Eastern Yin-Yan philosophy, and organizes educational workshops. She is also a food and travel writer for Japanese magazines. 

 

MEGAN KURASHIGE (Performer) co-founded SHARP & FINE (S&F) in 2011. She also performs with Liss Fain Dance, where she has been a company member since 2010. She has previously worked with choreographers Christian Burns (burnsWORK), Alex Ketley (The Foundry), and Amy Seiwert, and performed with Ballet Pacifica and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan and the Academy of Ballet under the direction of Richard Gibson. She is also a writer. Her short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies and she is a 2008 graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop at UCSD.

 

SHANNON KURASHIGE (Performer) co-founded S&F in 2011. She has also performed with Liss Fain Dance since joining the company in 2010, and previously worked with Christian Burns (burnsWORK), Alex Ketley (The Foundry), and Amy Seiwert. Shannon attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied under Melissa Hayden, and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in biology. She also received extensive training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the tutelage of Summer Lee Rhatigan. Shannon is also an artist and freelance graphic designer.

 

SHINICHI IOVA-KOGA (Performer) has co-directed works with Anna Halprin, Ko Murobushi, Sten Rudstrøm, Yuko Kaseki, Takuya Ishide and KT Nelson(ODC).  He has co-created performances with with music groups Rova Saxophone Quartet and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.  As a guest Director, he has worked with AXIS Dance Company.  As a dancer, he has worked as a member of the Russian Dance Theater company Do Theatre, Butoh/installation art based TEN PEN CHii in Germany with Yumiko Yoshioka, Hiroko and Koichi Tamano’s Harupin Ha, and Larry Reed’s Shadowlight Theater.  Shinichi has been teaching dance composition at Mills College since 2009. He was named one of the “25 to watch” in 2008 by Dance Magazine and awarded a “Goldie” award by the SF Bay Guardian in 2007.

 

THE COMPANIES:

About Theatre of Yugen:

Theatre of Yugen, founded in 1978 by Yuriko Doi is dedicated to the preservation of traditional Japanese theatre forms of Kyogen and Noh, as well as continuing to innovate and intertwine tradition with new forms and approaches, contributing to the conversation around modern theatre.

www.theatreofyugen.org

 

About AEDAN Fermented Foods:

Aedan brings Japanese fermented foods that are essential to flavor and health of every traditional Japanese meal to your table. We hand craft these foods in small batch, bringing you the foundation you need to craft fresh, healthful meals for you and your family.

Our cornerstone product is hand-crafted fresh koji (Aspergillus oryzae) Koji is a natural, enzyme rich ingredient that is the starter to make miso, soy sauce, sake, shochu, mirin and vinegar. Using Aeden’s fresh handmade Koji and Koji projects you can craft numerous nourishing meals loaded with Umami.

Our goal is help you create harmony in your family, body, taste and environment by sharing these Japanese traditional products to an American market. We hope to do this in the following way.

Harmony for the family table

Provide ingredients that are low maintenance, easy way to infuse flavor and healthy into every dish you feed your family.

Harmony for your body

Build strong immune system and prevent food allergies by helping the digestive system with probiotics in fermented foods. Using Koji also lowers your salt intake, as you can use 50% less salt to get the same flavor.

Harmony for Taste

Koji is a super effective natural marinade for tenderizing and enhancing meats, and the secret ingredient to bring out the Umami taste in meats and fish.

Harmony for environment

The fermented nature of the products provide easy food preservation without refrigeration! The natural ingredients and simple production process of Koji is gentle to the environment.

www.aedansf.com

 

About Sharp & Fine:

Sharp & Fine is a San Francisco based contemporary dance company founded in 2011 by sisters Megan Kurashige and Shannon Kurashige. We create performance work that brings together physically exacting choreography, structured improvisation, emotionally nuanced text, and live music to explore the power of theatrical narrative within the context of dance. Our choreography is informed by both the technical rigor of ballet and the human intensity of contemporary forms.

Sharp & Fine has been a company in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance since 2012. Both Megan and Shannon are alumnae of SFCD and continue to take regular classes there. SFCD provides extraordinary, multi-disciplinary training rooted in classical ballet and the development of contemporary movement for serious dancers through a year-round program and summer intensives. SFCD is directed by Summer Lee Rhatigan and engages a faculty of outstanding educators.

www.sharpandfine.com

 

About inkBoat:

inkBoat is a physical theatre and dance company founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998. The company performs in theaters and site specific locations. Repertory and research integrate the interplay of multiple artistic disciplines and viewpoints, both experimental and traditional, resulting in original performance compositions. Themes and subjects arise from meticulous examination of everyday life, with primary content arising from the body, resulting in both refined and raw expressions.

We derive inspiration from working in wild, natural settings and urban existence.

inkBoat has been awarded 5 Isadora Duncan Awards (Izzies): 2015’s “95 Rituals” received a Special Award; 2011’s “Line Between” received Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design; 2008’s “c(H)ord” received Outstanding Achievement in Company Performance;  2004’s “Ame to Ame” received Outstanding Achievement in Company Performance; and 2003’s “Heavens’ Radio” received Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design.

inkBoat has been presented by numerous venues, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), ODC Theater (SF), Japan Society (NY), Red Cat (LA), Southern Theater (MN), University of California (Riverside) Painted Bride (Philadelphia), Vancouver Dance Festival, Dock 11(Berlin), Fabrik Potsdam(Germany), Schloss Bröllin(Germany), Kunsthaus Graz (Austria), Divadlo Disc (Prague), Plan B (Tokyo) and Die Pratze (Tokyo).

www.inkboat.com


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Video by Alex Sinclair

 Theatre of Yugen Presents "A Noh Christmas Carol" - photo by Alex Sinclair  The Ghost of Christmas Present (Adrian Deane) leads Sukurooji (Shannon Davis) through time and space   Download in high resolution

Theatre of Yugen Presents "A Noh Christmas Carol" - photo by Alex Sinclair

The Ghost of Christmas Present (Adrian Deane) leads Sukurooji (Shannon Davis) through time and space

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October 5, 2017

 

THEATRE OF YUGEN’S

RETURN OF CLASSIC,

A NOH CHRISTMAS CAROL

 

Production Dates: December 1, 2017 - December 24, 2017

Opening Night: Friday, December 1, 2017

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—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.

 Theatre of Yugen Presents "A Noh Christmas Carol" - photo by Alex Sinclair  Sukurooji (Shannon Davis) chastises his clerk Kurando (Eric Rich)   Download in high resolution

Theatre of Yugen Presents "A Noh Christmas Carol" - photo by Alex Sinclair

Sukurooji (Shannon Davis) chastises his clerk Kurando (Eric Rich)

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

$20 for students, $40 general admission, and $50 for VIP (includes free drinks with admission)  Tickets available through www.theatreofyugen.org.

Featuring Shannon Davis as Ebezo Sukurooji, Adrian Deane as the Christmas Ghosts, Mikah Kavita as the Women, Annika Bergman as the Men, and Jacob Ritts as Jakube Mashima

Directed by Nick Ishimaru; Costumes by Liz Brent; Sets by Josh McDermott; Music by Zhoushu Ziporyn; Sound by Ella Cooley

 

THEATRE OF YUGEN SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Christmas Card photos with the cast of Christmas Carol: Saturday December 2 and Saturday December 9, audience members can join the cast of Christmas Carol on stage before the show to have their photo taken.  For an additional charge, photos can be printed and picked up for the cast to sign after the performance!

  • Behind the Mask: Join members of Christmas Carol’s artistic team for a full design presentation, talking through the design process from concept to execution on Saturday December 16th at 5 PM.

  • Opening Night Reception: Following the Friday, December 1, 7:00pm performance, join members of the audience and cast for a post-show reception with food, drink, and fun!

 

CONTACT

www.theatreofyugen.org | (415) 621-0507 | info@theatreofyugen.org

 

ABOUT Theatre of Yugen

Theatre of Yugen, founded in 1978 by Yuriko Doi is dedicated to the preservation of traditional Japanese theatre forms of Kyogen and Noh, as well as continuing to innovate and intertwine tradition with new forms and approaches, contributing to the conversation around modern theatre.

 

PRESS CONTACT

Karin Conn, PR

(415) 507-9797
karinconn4@gmail.com
karinconnpr.com

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 Theatre of Yugen Presents "A Noh Christmas Carol" - photos by Alex Sinclair  The Ghost of Christmas Present (Adrian Deane) shows Sukurooji (Shannon Deane) the world on Christmas Day   Download in high resolution

Theatre of Yugen Presents "A Noh Christmas Carol" - photos by Alex Sinclair

The Ghost of Christmas Present (Adrian Deane) shows Sukurooji (Shannon Deane) the world on Christmas Day

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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

 (left to right) Shannon Davis as Sukurooji Ebezo, Adrian Deane as the Ghost of Christmas Future, Annika Bergman as Kurando, Jacob Ritts as Kurogo, Mikah Kavita as Kurando's Wife  Photo by Alex Sinclair

(left to right) Shannon Davis as Sukurooji Ebezo, Adrian Deane as the Ghost of Christmas Future, Annika Bergman as Kurando, Jacob Ritts as Kurogo, Mikah Kavita as Kurando's Wife

Photo by Alex Sinclair

 (left to right) Shannon Davis as Sukurooji Ebezo, Annika Bergman as Kurando  Photo by Alex Sinclair

(left to right) Shannon Davis as Sukurooji Ebezo, Annika Bergman as Kurando

Photo by Alex Sinclair

 (back, left to right) Annika Bergman as Ghost, Jacob Ritts as Mashima Jakubei, Mikah Kavita as Ghost  (front) Shannon Davis as Sukurooji Ebezo  Photo by Alex Sinclair

(back, left to right) Annika Bergman as Ghost, Jacob Ritts as Mashima Jakubei, Mikah Kavita as Ghost

(front) Shannon Davis as Sukurooji Ebezo

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The cast talk about their experience creating A Noh Christmas Carol!

Meet Shannon Davis playing Sukurooji Ebezo in A Noh Christmas Carol, 2017. Video by Alex Sinclair
Meet Adrian Deane, playing the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in A Noh Christmas Carol, 2017 Video by Alex Sinclair
Meet Mikah Kavita playing "The Women" in A Noh Christmas Carol, 2017. Video by Alex Sinclair
Meet Jacob Ritts, playing Mashima Jakubei and the kurogo [stage hand] in A Noh Christmas Carol, 2017 Video by Alex Sinclair

Director Nick Ishimaru shares many thoughts on adapting Dickens, the rehearsal training process, and the themes that pervade A Noh Christmas Carol

 

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

Director Nick Ishimaru details the training process involved for a signature Theatre of Yugen production like A Noh Christmas Carol.

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