Tokuro Miyake to Visit Campus
November 18, 2011
Dr. Paul Lifton, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, will direct the Theatre NDSU production of Wokashi: A Program of Classic Kyogen Comedies, February 23-26 and March 1-3, 2012. He has received funding from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, The Japan Foundation, and the Japanese Consulate to invite kyogen artist Tokuro Miyake to the NDSU campus.
While on campus, Tokuro Miyake will work with students, educating them about the Japanese comedic form of kyogen. Mikyake became successor to her grandfather's (living national treasure 9th Tokuro Miyake) stage name in 1989, and was announced as the 10th Tokuro Miyake at the National Noh Theatre on May 21, 1989. Following her sister Junko, Miyake has appeared in many official public performances as one of the first female kyogen players in Japan. NDSU Theatre is honored to partner with Miyake on this production.
The fanciful and earthly world of kyogen is people with dim-witted demons, talking animals, hen-pecked husbands with their domineering wives, and a host of other amusing and memorable character types. Theatre NDSU’s production of this kyogen sampler will feature authentic traditional staging-including costumes, masks, and props. Tickets for Wokashi are on sale at www.ndsu.edu/finearts.