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Yugen in Action

Six Bay Area PlayWrights Address themes of Change and Transformation


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — July 21st and 22nd at 7 pm with a roundtable discussion on the 22nd at 2pm. Yugen in Action Presentation Series at Theatre of Yugen NOHspace. 2840 Mariposa St.

Tickets are $10 for Students, $20 for General Admission, and $25 for VIP, and can be purchased on the Yugen in Action webpage!


Theatre of Yugen presents their annual Yugen in Action Presentation Series, a submission-based showcase of six local playwrights, chosen for the unique and relevant ways in which they have addressed this year’s themes of transformation and change and incorporated an interpretation of the traditional Japanese concept of “Yugen.”


Transformation and change are themes that are relevant to writers and artists from the perspective of what is transforming and changing and conversely, what needs to be. From speaking out for change in social norms, to the internal transformations that take place inside of friends as they deepen their vulnerability and understanding of each other, to uncovering the structures and forces that prevent change, Yugen in Action presents six local playwrights and the staging of their original work.


Chrysalis, written by Airial Clark, is a tragicomedy of medicine and transformation where a woman's real life chrysalis defies the medical world to create her new form. Airial Clark is a writer and performer based in Oakland where she is raising her now teenage sons. She is an anti-oppression course facilitator at the Interchange Counseling Institute in San Francisco. Airial has taught courses, led workshops and told stories of hope and defiance across the U.S.


“Sabu’s Awakening” is an excerpt of a larger play entitled THE PUPPET SHOW  by Ai Ebashi.  “A puppet awakens to the fact that he is a puppet manipulated by an invisible puppeteer —only to be misunderstood, ridiculed and laughed at by other puppets,” writes Ebashi. Ai Ebashi  is a poet, illustrator, playwright and translator studying Creative Writing at SF State University. Her writing can be found in New American Writing, National Geographic and AIPF Di-Vêrsé-City Anthology.  


Brenda Usher-Carpino’s play THE ALL-AMERICANS features a young African American university student who, according to Usher-Carpino, is “caught in the warping fabric of time and circumstances...negotiating a reality that is unique yet universally representative of the decisions she has made.” Brenda Usher-Carpino writes short stories, essays, novellas, short stories, plays and is at work on a novel. She has a Ph.D in French Language and Literature from Stanford University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College.


ABout his play HUE, Roy Conboy writes “Her apartment is empty, except for a table; her dreams are full of all that was lost on the South China Sea.” Roy Conboy is a writer, teacher and the head of the Playwriting Program at SFSU for the past 26 years. He identifies as Latino/ of Mixed Blood descent and has written the plays SOFA SIN CASA, HOLLOW TIME: A BLUES/SLAM OPERA ON THE RECESSION and MY TIA LOCA’S LIFE OF CRIME.


Elouise Epstein says of her play, I AM ELOUISE, that it “is a journey through the nuance, complexity, beauty, and pain of embracing and transitioning into one’s authentic gender identity.” Dr. Elouise Epstein is a social justice advocate, master of sarcasm, writer, performer and dedicated vegan transwoman, who is simultaneously smashing the patriarchy and working as a data scientist.


Koichi and Hiroko Tamano will perform METAMORPHOSIS. Molly Barron writes, “Metamorphosis will reveal the dancers in profound states of change; both internally and externally, moving from one stage to the next in the life of what they embody, which may be plant, animal or human. Transformation starts deep within the core until it reaches the skin and bursts its way out of the body, into space.”


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.