Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company Performs 3 Kyogen works at The Kennedy Center May 17-19th by Joel Markowitz

The Kennedy Center presents the Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company production of three traditional Kyogen works in the Terrace Theater from May 17-19, 2012. Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2008 as part of the JAPAN: culture + hyperculture festival, they bring Suminuri (“Black Crocodile Tears”), Tsuki-mi Zato (“The Moon-Viewing Blindman”), and Kubi Hiki (“Neck Pulling”).

A style of spoken drama based on laughter and comedy, kyogen is often compared to commedia dell’arte. With more than 70 years in the art form, Artistic Director Mansaku Nomura has been designated a Living National Treasure of Japan. His company, The Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company, is known for captivating interpretations of comic classics and distinguished performances by the Nomura family.

Performed in Japanese, with English supertitles.

Here are some pictures from the three productions:

Kubi Hiki (“Neck Pulling”)

Suminuri  (“Black Crocodile Tears”)

Tsuki-mi Zato (“The Moon-Viewing Blind Man”)


Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company’s production of Traditional Kyogen will run May 17, 18, and 19 in the Terrace Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. Purchases can be made in-person at the box office, online, or by calling (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.


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