For the past two nights and tonight also, Rorschach has been auditioning for our next show, Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards. I know the title is a mouth full but it is exciting as Rorschach gears up for the next big thing. Co-Artistic Director Randy Baker will be directing this tale of Samuri, Empresses and forbidden love. Here is what the press release has to say.
FAIR LADIES AT A GAME OF POEM CARDS
Freely adapted by Peter Oswald from Chikamatsu Monzaemon
Directed by Randy Baker
January 21 – February 18, 2006
Previews begin January 18
Special Valentine’s Day show on Tuesday, February 14!
Threatened with death by a jealous and cunning lord, two pairs of young lovers embark on a harrowing adventure through a world of dueling samurai, courtly intrigue and spiritual redemption, a world where love can transform an entire society. In breaking with the formal themes and performance style of 18th century Kabuki culture and writing intensely human plays, Chikamatsu is sometimes seen as the Shakespeare of Japan. Oswald describes his verse retelling of Chikamatsu’s dark comedy as “a fairy tale with a moral shape and grand emotions.”
"An elaborate, philosophically nuanced and often funny
tale of love." - THE INDEPENDENT (London)