SITI Company “Hanjo”
World premiere! Hauntingly enigmatic, subtle and beautiful, SITI Company’s production of Yukio Mishima’s Hanjo reaches back into the deep past of ancient myth and brings into the modern world, a story that is part fairy-tale, part surreal drama.
Using a 14th century Noh play, which Zeami Motohiko based on a Han Dynasty Chinese poem, as a springboard, Mishima deals with issues of gender, identity, and how we play roles within each other’s lives.
Written in the 1950’s the startling contemporary clarity with which Mishima evokes this poem for the stage, allows it to transcend era and land in our time with stunning relevance.
SITI’s production of Hanjo is a bilingual and cross-cultural collaboration working with deep levels of artistic inquiry. It offers a fascinating way to introduce American audiences to Noh, weaving together traditional forms with modern issues of translation, be they linguistic, intercultural, inter-era, inter-gender, and ultimately interpersonal translation.
Stephen Duff Webber
Christian Frederickson on the viola
Scenic & Lighting Design by Brian H Scott
Costume Design by Mariko Ohigashi
Sound Design and original composition by Christian Frederickson
Production Stage Manager, Ellen Mezzera
Early development of Hanjo occurred during SITI Work/Space, SITI Company’s in-house residency program for new play development, which was supported by the National Endowment of the Arts, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support was provided by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program. Production design support provided by the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York)
Box office: 914–251–6200