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For the third installment in our ongoing series, "Beauty x Theatre: Finding Beauty in Ruin", the NNTT presents The Castle Tower. The play depicts a fantastic world through the amazing language of writer Izumi Kyoka. First published in 1917, the work has since been presented in a variety of forms, including Shimpa, or new-school theatre; film, kabuki and opera.
The play is set in Himeji, in the old province of Banshu. It is a tale of love between a beautiful female phantom who lives in the Hakuro-jo (White Heron Castle), Princess Tomi, and a gallant young falconer named Zushonosuke. Among the various plays produced by Kyoka in his mature period, which coincided with the early years of the Taisho period, this work is a perfect expression of Kyoka's unique talents. It was ardently championed by such anti-naturalist writers as Nagai Kafu and Akutagawa Ryunosuke.
This new incarnation of The Castle Tower will come to the NNTT's Playhouse in the fall of 2011. It will be directed by Shirai Akira, who has lent his thoughtful and meticulous touch to directing numerous challenging plays over his career.